BG men’s golf finishes tied for fourth in west coast meet

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The BG men’s golf team took a share of fourth place Monday and Tuesday out west at the 54-hole Triumph at Pauma Valley Country Club.

After 36 holes of play, the Falcons were sitting in second place behind San Francisco, and five shots in front of both Central Arkansas and Austin Peay. However, after a 304 in the final round and a tough back nine, the Falcons dropped two spots and tied with Austin Peay for fourth place. British Columbia snuck past both BG and Austin Peay on the last day earning third place finishing two shots ahead of the schools.

“The tournament went well but the last nine holes were not very good,” said coach Garry Winger. “It was the difference between second and fourth. The front nine we were one-over as a team but everyone seemed to stumble on the back nine and we went 19-over.”

Parker Hewitt led BG firing a 222 (72-75-75), which was good for a seventh place tie with Jobim Carlos of San Francisco.

On the last hole of the tournament, Hewitt was “unselfish” as described by Winger. Hewitt’s ball was in the trees on the last hole and a decision needed to be made. Hewitt could make an aggressive play at the green to try and make birdie or he could pitch out and try to save par. The Falcons needed a birdie to finish second, a par would have given BG fourth place outright and a bogey would have the Falcons tie for fourth. Hewitt elected to go for the birdie but unfortunately for Hewitt and the Falcons, his shot hit a tree and he made bogey.

“Parker played very well and had a great tournament,” Winger said. “I’m proud of his unselfishness and I was glad to see he played for the team in that situation and went for it.”

After Hewitt’s seventh place finish was Wes Gates shooting a 226 (77-72-77) finishing tied for 15th. Charlie Olson tied for 20th with a 228 (71-82-75). Next was Chris Melvin who finished tied for 32nd firing a 233 (80-76-77) and rounding out the Falcons score was Drew Preston with a 234 (80-73-81) for a tied 36th place finish.

University of San Francisco, the host school, won the tournament with an 865 (+13). San Francisco won by a comfortable margin as the second place team Central Arkansas finished 26 strokes behind after a rough first round of 309. Additionally, Ji Hwan Park of San Francisco won the tournament shooting a 214 (+1), including a four under 67 in the last round.

The Falcons will head down to Little Rock, Ark. for the UALR First Tee Collegiate Classic March 26 and 27 for their next tournament.

“We are looking forward to going to Little Rock,” Winger said. “We have never been to this tournament and it’s a great field. The weather looks good this week so we can get ready and prepare.”