MARANA, Ariz. – Senior Blake Snyder finished the Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship tied for fourth place, Sunday. Snyder’s finish marks the best finish by a member of the Washington State University men’s golf team at a conference championship in school history. Snyder shot 4-under par (68) in his final round at The Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz., bringing his four-round total to 287 (-1) and leading the Cougars to an 11th place finish.
“Blake played really well,” WSU Head Coach Garrett Clegg said. “He really did a great job. I’m happy he can end his career with that finish. We had a good round for the most part. We aren’t thrilled with where we finished as a team, but I think we were one of the best teams over the final two rounds.”
The Cougars shot 7-over par (367) in the fourth round, their lowest score of the tournament, and finished with a four-round total of 1510 (+70). Over the final 36 holes the Cougars recorded the fourth-best stroke total (743), bested only by Washington (716), Colorado (718), and Stanford (722).
WSU finished five strokes back from 10th-place Oregon State (+64, 1504) and six strokes back from host-school Arizona (+63, 1503). No. 3 Stanford (-2, 1442) won the Championship, while the Cardinal’s Patrick Rodgers (-7, 281) garnered the individual title.
WSU junior Charlie Mroz shot 2-over (74) on the day to finish tied for 40th. Mroz carded 10 birdies in the tournament and finished 14-over (302). Junior Michael Anderson finished two strokes back from Mroz, carding a 304 (+16) to tie for 45th. Freshman Nick Mandell recorded his best round of the tournament, finishing even with par (72). Mandell finished in 60th place. Redshirt junior Alex Wagner (+28, 316) finished tied for 61st. Redshirt junior Sang Lee carded the second-lowest score of the day with a 71 (-1) and finished tied for 67th.
The end of the Pac-12 Championship marks the end of the regular season for Washington State. The Cougars will return six golfers next year, as seniors Jarrett Foote, Kent Hagen, and Blake Snyder are scheduled to graduate this May.