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Cal Poly Finishes 14th in Season-Opening Ram Masters Invitational

Cal Poly Finishes 14th in Season-Opening Ram Masters Invitational
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Cal Poly men's golf team posted its best round of the Ram Masters Invitational, posting a final-round four-person 292 total to climb one spot into 14th place Tuesday.
Junior Tanner Podres (pictured at right) led the way with a three-under-par 67, one shot off his career best, and finished in a tie for second place with two Colorado State golfers with a career-best three-under-par 207.
With three golfers in the top 10, Colorado State won its own tournament on the 7,121-yard, par-70 Fort Collins Country Club course, posting a nine-under-par 831 aggregate for a 14-stroke victory over Wyoming. Cal State Fullerton was another shot back in third place.
"We had a slow start in Fort Collins, as adjusting to how far the ball was traveling was tough," said Mustang head coach Scott Cartwright. "Our shots were up to 20 yards longer at times." 
Starting the day in a tie for 12th place, Podres carded five birdies and a pair of bogeys for his best round since posting a 66 in the Sacramento State Invitational last March. He climbed 10 spots on the leaderboard into his second-place tie, matching his highest collegiate finish set at the UC Santa Barbara Collegiate in April.
"Tanner Podres played a very solid event," said Cartwright. "We look forward to our next outing and learn from this event."
Oskar Ambrosius of UTEP earned a six-shot victory in the two-day, 54-hole event, recording a 65, 68 and 68 for a nine-under-par 201 total. Podres shared second place with Davis Bryant and AJ Ott, both of Colorado State and all with 207 aggregates.
Freshmen Austin Liu and Luke Adam finished 64th and 71st respectively among the 96 golfers in the field. Liu carded a final-round 76 for a 224 total while Adam recorded a 73 for a 225 total.
Sophomore Adil Bir Singh placed 81st with a 76 for a 228 total while Will Draper, also a sophomore, finished 82nd with a 76 and a 229 total.
Podres was tied for fifth in par-4 scoring at even par and tied for second in par-5 scoring at six under par. Draper and Bir Singh both carded one eagle while Podres was second in birdies with 15.
Cal Poly competes in the Nick Watney Invitational hosted by Fresno State on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno.