Hughes leads ThunderWolves to 8th at Mustang Intercollegiate

Hughes leads ThunderWolves to 8th at Mustang Intercollegiate


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (April 3, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's golf team competed at the Western New Mexico University Mustang Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday at the Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Arizona. The ThunderWolves finished eighth of 20 teams, while junior Fraser Hughes (Newton Stewart, Scotland) tied for sixth.

The Pack shot a seven-under 281 on round one Monday to sit fifth, but in round two posted a three-over 291 to sit tied for ninth after day one. CSU-Pueblo was back in the red Tuesday with a team total of 286 (-2) to finish the tournament -6 (858) and in eighth. The Pack were the second among the unranked teams outside of host WNMU. The ThunderWolves totaled 172 pars to tie for the second most in the field. As a team, CSU-Pueblo played the Par 5's -28, which ranked seventh in the field.

Hughes shot a steady 71-68-68--207 to complete the tournament nine-under and tied for sixth. He finished the tournament 10-under on Par 5's to tie for first in the field of 107 athletes. He played the Par 4's to a team-best -1. The junior committed just four bogeys in 54 holes with only one occurring in the second and third rounds. He totaled nine birdies and carded the only two eagles for the team. The junior's 39 pars was tied for the second most in the field. Hughes' 68 Tuesday was made up of 15 pars, two birdies and an eagle on a 540-yard Par 5. 

Three players finished with a +1 217 to tie for 37th. Playing in the No. 1 slot, senior Neil Tillman (Arvada, Colo.) went 71-72-74 and led the team with 12 birdies. Junior Roy Carlsen (Arvada, Colo.) shot 70-77-70 and played the Par 3's better than the rest of the team, as he finish one-over. His 37 pars was the second most on the team. Finally, freshman Sam Barthram (Weybridge, Surrey, UK) was the team's top golfer in round one with a 69 (-3), then finished with a pair of 74's. He gathered 10 birdies to rank second on the team.

Next, the Pack return home April 9-10 to host the Southern Colorado Masters at the Pueblo Country Club. 

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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.