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A Trio of 71s Lift Cal Poly to Ninth-Place Finish in Nick Watney Invite

A Trio of 71s Lift Cal Poly to Ninth-Place Finish in Nick Watney Invite


MADERA, Calif. — A three-under-par 285 in the final round lifted the Cal Poly men's golf team two spots into a ninth-place finish in the Nick Watney Invitational hosted by Fresno State on Tuesday at the Dragonfly Golf Club.

Tanner Podres (pictured at right), Dominick Hoover and Will Draper all carded one-under-par 71s and Thomas Lehman matched par with a 72 for Coach Scott Cartwright's Mustangs.

Cal Poly finished with a four-person 54-hole 880 aggregate on the 7,390-yard, par-72 course.

Formerly called the Fresno State Classic and Fresno State Lexus Classic, the Nick Watney Invitational, named in honor of former Bulldog Nick Watney, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, was won by Nevada by one stroke over Brigham Young.

Nevada led BYU by 11 strokes entering the final round but carded a 282 while the Cougars checked in with a 272, falling one shot shy of overtaking the Wolf Pack. UC Santa Barbara edged Seattle by one stroke for third place, 18 shots behind Nevada.

Individual winner was Joey Vrzich of Nevada with rounds of 66, 66 and 70 for a 14-under-par 202 total and a two-stroke victory over Carson Lundell of BYU (70-69-65-–204).

Rhett Rasmussen of BYU was third at 205 and Nathan Cogswell of Seattle finished fourth at 206.

Podres finished tied for 19th place, his highest finish as a Mustang, with a 72, 72 and 71 for a career-best one-under-par 215 total.

Lehman claimed 22nd place with a 70, 74 and 72 for an even-par 216 total, also a career best, while Hoover rebounded from Monday's 75 and 78 with a 71 for a 224 total and 49th place.

Adil Bir Singh carded a consistent trio of 77s for a 231 total and 63rd place. Draper was disqualified from Monday's second round.

Podres finished fourth in par-3 scoring at even par and was eighth with 37 pars while Lehman was 12th in par-4 scoring at one under par. There were 12 schools and 69 golfers in the field.

Cal Poly returns to action Oct. 15-16 at the Bill Cullum Invitational, to be held at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif.