TEMPE, Ariz. – The Washington State University men’s golf team concluded play at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational, Sunday. The Cougars tied for eighth place in the 15-team field at Arizona State University’s par-71 Karsten Golf Course.
The Cougars carded a three-round score of 866 (+14), to finish the tournament in a three-way tie with New Mexico State and Tulsa. Host school Arizona State won the tournament after carding the third-lowest three-round score in tournament history (-35, 817).
Washington State was led by juniors Charlie Mroz and Michael Anderson. Mroz carded a team-low 67 (-4) in the second round, shot 1-over (72) in the final round, and finished play tied for 17th. The finish marks Mroz’s lowest three-round score of the year (-1, 212) and first team top-25 finish of the year.
Anderson led all competitors on the course’s nine par-5 holes, carding birdies on all but one of the holes. Anderson finished the tournament tied for 26th, after shooting 2-over par (215).
“Charlie and Michael played solid,“ Cougar Head Coach Garrett Clegg said. “We had some high hopes, and we’ve been playing well. The course was tougher today for all teams, which I think shows in the scores from today. Unfortunately, we were just a little too loose. We didn’t minimize our mistakes on easy holes and it hurt us. We’ll work on getting things together before we travel to Stanford next weekend.”
Senior Blake Snyder (+7, 220) finished the tournament tied for 43rd. Senior Jarrett Foote and redshirt junior Sang Lee both finished four strokes back from Snyder to tie for 56th (+11, 224).
The Cougars return to action Friday, March 28 at the U.S. Intercollegiate in Stanford, Calif. The tournament, hosted by Stanford University, will run through Sunday, March 30. Tournament results and recap will be available at the conclusion of each day of competition at wsucougars.com.