Joseph Hovey | Posted: 10 Mar 2021 | Updated: 14 Apr 2021

Ponich finishes top-3 as BYU bounces back at Lamkin Classic

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CHULA VISTA, California – Cole Ponich fired a 3-under-par 69 in the final round to tie for third individually while leading BYU men’s golf to a seventh-place finish at the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic on Wednesday.

“Cole hit so many good shots this week on a really difficult and tricky golf course,” said head coach Bruce Brockbank. “It really helped our team for him to play the way he did.”

The sophomore from Farmington, Utah carded four birdies in the third round to cap-off three days of consistent, team-leading scoring at 73-72-69–214 (-2). One of just five players to score under 70 in the final round, Ponich finished tied for third with Jan Schneider of Washington and Jackson Solem of Denver. Devon Bling of UCLA won the individual title with a three-round total of 212 (-4).

“If Cole makes a couple of more putts, he wins his first college tournament—that’s how good he played,” said Brockbank. “As a coach, it’s just fun to see him start having the success that he’s capable of.”

While Ponich stole the show with his second straight top-5 tournament finish, it took the entire team to pull-off an 18-shot improvement over Tuesday’s second round to move up the leaderboard and finish seventh with a 54-hole total of 288-306-288–882.

“It was a great bounce-back day for us,” said Brockbank. “The golf course was really challenging and so saturated from rain that we weren’t sure we’d be able to play. The team found a way to have a pretty solid round under some very unique circumstances and we ended up beating some really good teams.”

BYU struggled to start the final round but came back to card nine birdies on the back-nine, including four from Kelton Hirsch on four of his last six holes. Rounding out the BYU scoring was Carson Lundell at 221 (T23), Hirsch at 222 (T33), David Timmins at 228 (T69) and Max Brenchley at 232 (T80).

While facing the largest field of the season with 20 teams and 112 individuals, the Cougars finished the Lamkin Classic eight shots ahead of No. 20 ranked San Diego State, one shot ahead of No. 22 New Mexico and USC, and 16 shots ahead of WCC foe St. Mary’s.

BYU will return to action at The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course in California, on March 25-27. The Cougars won the 1981 NCAA Golf Championship at Stanford Golf Course with rounds of 294-280-296-291 for a 72-hole total of 1161.

 

BYU Individual Results 

Position 

Player 

R1 

R2 

R3 

Total 

To Par 

T3 

Cole Ponich 

73 

72 

69 

214 

-2 

T23 

Carson Lundell 

69 

79 

73 

221 

+5 

T33 

Kelton Hirsch 

73 

77 

72 

222 

+6 

T69 

David Timmins 

76 

78 

74 

228 

+12 

T80 

Max Brenchley 

73 

81 

78 

232 

+16 

Lamkin Classic Team Results

Position Team R1 R2 R3 Total To Par
1 UCLA 287 288 293 868 +4
2 Nevada 286 298 290 874 +10
3 Washington 297 295 283 875 +11
4 San Diego 283 305 288 876 +12
5 Colorado State 289 300 288 877 +13
7 BYU 288 306 288 882 +18

 

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