Photo by Sarah Meier, FLC Athletics
DURANGO, Colo. (October 10, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Golf defeated the rest of the 10 -team to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Fall Preview Tuesday at the Hillcrest Golf Club.
After carding the second lowest round score in program history Monday a -8 (276), the ThunderWolves did enough to hold off the other nine teams with a + 5 (289) to finish the tournament at a -3 (565). The Pack bested their closest competition, University of Colorado Colorado Springs by four strokes.
The Pack's lone senior, Neil Tillman (Arvada, Colo.) led the way for the Pack. He shot the tournament's lowest score of a -4 (67) Monday. Tillman carded a +2 (73) Tuesday to take third place with a -2 (140). He finished three strokes behind the eventual winner, but captained his squad to victory.
Freshman Nathan McCann (Lurgan Armagh, Ireland) picked up his second top- five finish of the fall season. McCann carded an even par (71) Tuesday to take fifth in the tournament. He entered the clubhouse with a -1 (141) two-day total.
After posting the Pack's highest score Monday, a +1 (72), Fraser Hughes (Jr., Newton Stewart, Scotland) recorded the team's best-round Tuesday. Hughes shot a -1 (70) to finish the tournament with an even par (142). He jumped from 11th to eighth place to earn his second top 10 finish of the fall. Hughes led the field with a -4 total score on par fours.
Taylor Rodriguez (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) scored for the Pack both days. Rodriguez placed fifth after the first round with a -1 (70). He carded a +4 (75) Tuesday on his way to 14th place, his best finish of the fall.
Roy Carlsen (Jr., Arvada, Colo.) matched Rodriguez with a 14th place finish. Carlsen carded a +5 (76) Tuesday. His -2 (69) Monday helped him earn his best finish of the fall. Carlsen ranked second in the field with nine birdies.
Competing as an individual, Austin Shanks (Jr., Wichita, Kan.) would have scored for the Pack Tuesday with a +3 (74). Shanks was consistent shooting a 74 in both rounds to finish in 21st place.
The Pack earned two wins in four fall meets. They wrap up their strong fall season with three tournaments where they finished at or below par and holding momentum heading into the spring season.
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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.