ERIE, Colo. – The Washington State University men’s golf team tied host school Colorado for first place in the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational at the Colorado National Golf Club.
The Cougars rallied from 12th place at one point and a fifth-place, first round finish to conclude the tournament 18 strokes over par (882). Led by junior Michael Anderson and senior Blake Snyder, WSU recorded the lowest second-round score of the 16-team field, carding a 288 (E). The Cougars continued the downward trend, shooting 2-under par (286) in the third round, which was bested only by Houston Baptist’s 285 (-3).
“Our guys did a great job today,” Cougar Head Coach Garrett Clegg said. “We started seven strokes behind and battled hard all day long. Michael, Blake, and Sang [Lee] were rock solid today in the final round. I’m excited for the progress we are making as a team and look forward to continuing to work hard to get better.”
Snyder notched a second place finish, tying with Campbell’s Craig Hornberger at 1-under par (215). This marks Snyder’s second top-5 finish of the season. Houston Baptist’s Preston Stanley was the tournament’s individual champion after carding a 210 (-6). WSU’s Anderson finished the tournament tied for fifth, shooting 4-under par in the third round (68) to finish with a 217 (+1). Anderson has finished in the top 10 of all three competitions this fall.
After darkness delayed the conclusion of the second round Monday, golfers returned to the course Tuesday morning. WSU finished the second round in third place (+20, 596), trailing Pac-12 foes Colorado (+13, 589) and Oregon State (+19, 595). The Beavers went on to finish the tournament in third place, shooting 19-over par (883).
The Cougars will travel to Akron, Ohio to compete in the Firestone Invitational, Oct. 7 and 8.