Talon Hatch | Posted: 26 Oct 2017 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Rasmussen leads BYU to great start at Pacific Invitational

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STOCKTON, Calif. – Rhett Rasmussen led the Cougars to a great start at the Pacific Invitational Thursday, finishing the first round of the tournament tied for second after he carded 68 to shoot 4-under and birdied four holes.

"Good start for the team today," BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "Nice to see Rhett step up and lead the team today. He's been struggling as of late so that surely helps us get his confidence up."

No. 29 BYU shot -7 as a team, placing the Cougars in second place after they carded 281 through the first round of play. The Cougars currently trail West Coast Conference foe No. 22 Santa Clara, which shot 9-under to edge them by two strokes. Denver ended the day not far behind BYU, claiming the third place position, shooting -6 overall.

Senior Patrick Fishburn and sophomore Peter Kuest both fired 70 to shoot 2-under, putting them in 17th place with a number of competitors. Kuest also birdied five holes through the first round.

After birding a team-leading six holes, CJ Lee is tied for 44th along with teammate Spencer Dunaway, who both carded 73 to shoot 1-over par. Kelton Hirsch in individual play is tied for 62nd place and shot 2-over par.

The Cougars will continue to play the second round of the Pacific Invitational Friday with the final round finishing up on Saturday.

Place Player Round 1  Total  To-Par
T2 Rhett Rasmussen 68 68 -4
T17 Patrick Fishburn 70 70 -2
T17 Peter Kuest 70 70 -2
T44 CJ Lee 73 73 +1
T44 Spencer Dunaway 73 73 +1
Place Team Round 1 Total To-Par
1  No. 22 Santa Clara 279 279 -9
2 No. 29 BYU 281 281 -7
3 Denver 282 282 -6
T4 Grand Canyon 283 283 -5
T4 Long Beach State 283 283 -5
T4 Nevada 283 283 -5
7 South Dakota 285 285 -3
T8 No. 48 St. Mary's (CA) 287 287 -1
T8 Pacific 287 287 -1
T8 San Jose State 287 287 -1
T8 UC Riverside 287 287 -1
12 UC Irvine 288 288 E




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