September 27, 2010

Novak nearly captures title as Pack finishes third

ThunderWolves post one of the best rounds in school history, Novak turns in best tourney among RMAC golfers.


GOTHENBURG, Neb. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 27, 2010) - Needing a big round Monday to make up ground at the RMAC/NSIC Regional Crossover, the ThunderWolves made an already good tournament into a great tournament, turning in the second-lowest third round score in the 20-team field in rising all the way to third place.

To add icing in the cake, Chad Novak (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) was just two strokes from the tournament championship, turning in his best collegiate tourney with a -5 211, finishing second in the 100-golfer field and boasting the best score of any RMAC golfer.

The ThunderWolves entered the final round in 7th place in the 20-team field, but in sixth out of the assembled RMAC teams, which were using the tournament to figure in the conference standings.  Needing to improve upon that place, CSU-Pueblo shot a 288 as all five Pack golfers cut strokes from its second-round total, with two, Novak and Jonathon Park (Fr., Denver, Colo.) shooting under par (Novak shot -2, Park shot -1).  Only Colorado Christian, which resurrected a dead tournament in shooting 285 in the third round, could boast a better day on the links.

Most importantly, the Pack's charge allowed them to dramatically climb the standings, turning what would have put them in 6th or 7th place in the RMAC standings into a tie for third after two tournaments.  So far in 2010-11, CSU-Pueblo has beaten 11 other RMAC teams.

Building off of this great performance, CSU-Pueblo will go to two tune-up tournaments - the first in Phoenix, Ariz. Oct. 3-4 and the second at Colorado School of Mines on Oct. 10-11 - before CSU-Pueblo takes part in the third of four RMAC-scored tournaments of the season at Western New Mexico Oct. 18.