|Posted October 21, 2011|
ThunderWolves turn corner on fall golf season
PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com- Oct. 20, 2011)-The CSU-Pueblo's men's golf team may have turned the corner on playing in the fall. Having concluded their 2011-12 fall schedule, the Pack played themselves into 4 top five finishes and a national ranking.
The ThunderWolves, under the watchful eye of third year coach Josh Koschke, secured one of the top 5 spots in the four tournaments they entered this past fall. Even in the fifth one, the Grand Canyon Fall Classic, where they finished 8th, they took on Division I foes and were the only RMAC team even to break into the top 10.
Their success didn't go unnoticed. The Pack rose to 22nd in the nation based on GOLFSTAT.com National Rankings during the fall season.
One of the biggest tournament highlights happened at the RMAC/Northern Sun Intercollegiate Crossover. The ThunderWolves played themselves into the top 3 early in a 21 team field. In the end, the Pack secured third and along with UC-Colorado-Springs and Colorado School of Mines swept this regional event.
Closing out the season, this team of ThunderWolves etched their way into the school record books. Their final team round of 863 ranks them 3rd in Lowest Team Score.
James Berry (Jr., Traverse City, Mich.) leads the ThunderWolves into the clubhouse at the break. Berry is currently the low man with a 73.06 stroke average over 15 rounds. He posted 4 top 20 finishes with his best result being a 6th at the Peak's Classic. He also shot two of the Pack's sub-par rounds, both 69's, which rate in the 20 best rounds this fall in the RMAC.
Not far behind is Jonathan Park (So., Denver, Colo.). Park holds a 73.16 stroke average over the same rounds. Park added three more top 20 finishes to the Pack's total, placing as high as second in the Peak's Classic.
Chad Novak (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) also pitched in to the ThunderWolves fall season success. Novak tallied three more top 20 finishes, moving him up to fourth on the school's All-Time Career finishes. He also will take into the spring season a stroke average of 74, the best of his career. His round of 67 in the third round of the Adams State Grizzly Invitational is the lowest scored in the RMAC this fall.
Also playing in all five fall tournaments was Sean Thomas (Sr., Arvada, Colo.). He earned himself 2 top 20 finishes and holds a 74.5 stroke average.
Playing in only three tournaments, Bryan Kruse (Sr., Westminister, Colo.) made his play count. Kruse posted three top 20 finishes in three appearances for the ThunderWolves. In the season's final event, Colorado Christian Invitational, he posted his best round of 68 and placed 12th. Kruse's stroke average actually leads the team at 72.88, but with fewer rounds played. Also his round of 68 rates in the top 10 rounds played over the fall schedule.
The ThunderWolves will return to action in March of 2012