PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University men’s golf team opens its spring 2014 season Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Lihue, Hawaii. The Cougars will compete in six tournaments this spring before concluding the regular season with the Pac-12 Championships, April 25-27 in Marana, Ariz.
The Cougars are currently ranked No. 71 in the Golfweek/Sagarin men’s team collegiate rankings. Washington State will face tough Pac-12 competition this spring, as six Pac-12 schools are currently ranked in, or receiving votes for the NCAA Top-25.
“This team has a lot of talented players,” head coach Garrett Clegg said. “We are working each day to improve our golf games. It has been a very good offseason and the next few weeks will say a lot about how we prepared.”
After completing competition at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii, Washington State will travel to Somis, Calif., for the Jones Sports Invitational. In March the Cougars will participate in the Bandon Dunes Championships, the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, and the U.S. Intercollegiate. WSU will travel to Iowa City, Iowa for the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational, April 12-13.
During the fall season, the Cougars competed in five tournaments, winning two competitions. Senior Blake Snyder notched an individual title, tying for first at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Sept. 9-10. WSU had eight top-10 individual finishes in the fall season, including a pair of second-place finishes.
Washington State opened the season with a team victory in Pullman at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate. Led by Snyder (-7, 203), the Cougars carded an 836 (-4), for the second-best team score in tournament history. The team traveled to Erie, Colo., for the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational, Sept. 23-24, where the Cougars tied host school Colorado for first place. Snyder and junior Michael Anderson led the team as WSU recorded the lowest second-round score of the 16-team field, carding a 288 (E).
The Cougars are led by Snyder, Anderson, and redshirt-junior Sang Lee. In addition to his first-career individual title, Snyder finished second at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational where he shot 1-under par (215). Anderson recorded four top-10 finishes in the five fall tournaments, including a second-place finish at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational. Anderson shot under par in all three rounds of the tournament to finish 5-under par (211). Lee notched two top-10 finishes in the fall, highlighted by an eighth-place finish at the Firestone Invitational where he carded a season-low 70 (-2) in the second round.
Live results for the upcoming John A. Burns Intercollegiate will be available during tournament play at golfstat.com. Tournament results will be posted at wsucougars.com at the end of each day of competition.