PUEBLO, Colo. (September 6, 2016) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Golf defended its home turf by winning the 2016 Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational at Walking Stick Golf Course. After 54 holes of competition, Jake Ice and Neil Tillman finished tied for first place as the two Pack players both earned their first wins at CSU-Pueblo.
Ice (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) entered the day with a one stroke lead on Tillman (Jr., Arvada, Colo.)with 18 holes to play. In his third season, playing the course at Walking Stick, Tillman shot a -2 (70) to match Ice's -4 (212) for the tournament. Ice posted a -1 (71) on the final day of competition. He was the only player under par in all three rounds of the tournament.
Tillman bettered his second place finish at the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational in 2015-16. Over the last two seasons, Tillman stands -11 in six rounds at Walking Stick. He had 13 birdies in the 2016 tournament, second most of the 53 golfer field.
Playing as an individual, senior GJ Kuhn (Ayr, Ontario, Canada) placed eighth with a +2 (215) over his 54 hole effort. Kuhn played consistent golf throughout the week, shooting a 73 on both Monday and Tuesday morning. He recorded a par in his afternoon round Monday.
Freshman Austin Burgess (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished his first collegiate tournament in 14th place. Burgess recorded a 74 (+2) on his final day of competition. Over three rounds, he finished +6 (222).
Sophomore Taylor Rodriguez (Pueblo, Colo.) shined in his final two rounds of the tournament. Rodriguez posted a-1 (71) in his second round Monday. He followed it up with an even par (72) Tuesday to finish in 20th place. Rodriguez carded a +8 (224) for the three rounds.
Entering the day with a four stroke lead, the ThunderWolves matched their best round of the tournament with a team score of (-1) 287 on Tuesday to hold onto the lead.
The Pack was the only team to finish under par twice during the tournament. After 54 rounds, CSU-Pueblo carded a +2 (866), eight shots better than their closest competition, Dodge City Community College. The team score of 866 improved the Pack's total from 2015 by 12 strokes.
Following their win this week, the ThunderWolves will try to remain undefeated when they play in the Ryan Palmer Foundation Tournament in Amarillo, Texas Sept. 12-13. This event will be held at the Tascosa Country Club.
Watch the video above to hear what Ice and Tillman have to say about their win at the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.