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Three Mustangs Make or Break Par in Final Round of Nick Watney Invite

Three Mustangs Make or Break Par in Final Round of Nick Watney Invite
 
FRESNO, Calif. -- Junior Tanner Podres carded a final-round 70 Tuesday and was Cal Poly's top finisher at the 2019 Nick Watney Invitational hosted by Fresno State at the Fort Washington Country Club.
 
After posting a 76 and 69 Monday, Podres (pictured at right) finished the two-day 54-hole tournament with a two-over-par 215 total on the 6,729-yard, par-71 course and a tie for 35th place. His round of 70 included three birdies and one double-bogey.
 
Two other Mustangs finished their final rounds at or below par. Will Draper shot a 71 for a 219 total and 57th-place tie while Luke Adam rebounded from Monday's 76 and 75 with a career-best 69 for a 220 aggregate and 63rd-place tie.
 
Coach Scott Cartwright's Mustangs finished 13th in the field of 15 teams, posting a four-person 285 total Tuesday for a 16-over-par 868 total.
 
Brigham Young claimed the team title with a 30-under-par 822 aggregate, five shots ahead of Long Beach State. San Jose State was two more strokes behind in third place.
 
Hunter Epson of Long Beach State and Peter Kuest of Brigham Young both posted 13-under-par 200 totals atop the leaderboard. Both players parred the first playoff hole but Epson captured medalist honors with a birdie on the second playoff hole.
 
Rhett Rasmussen of BYU missed the playoff by one stroke and Nathan Cogswell of Seattle placed fourth at 10 under par.
 
Mustang Bryce Loosigian shot a 75 Tuesday for a 220 total, sharing 63rd place with Adam and four other golfers, while Austin Liu carded a 77 for a 222 total and 74th-place tie.
 
Competing as an individual, Nicholas Mok followed a pair of 74s with a final-round 72 and joined the group in the 63rd-place logjam at 220.
 
Loosigian finished tied for second place with his 39 pars in the tournament. Mok and Draper both carded eagles on Monday.
 
Cal Poly competes in the Bill Cullum Invitational on Oct. 14-15 at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif.