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Freshman Sean Walsh tied for 14th with a 54-hole score of 226.
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Men's Golf Ties For Fifth At Itani Quality Homes Collegiate

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 09/11/2012
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PULLMAN, Wash. - Freshman Sean Walsh capped off his first collegiate tournament with another strong showing at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate with an even-par 72 to lead the Gonzaga University men's golf team to a tie for fifth place in the 11-team field at Palouse Ridge Golf Club.

The Bulldogs entered into the final round of the tournament, hosted by Washington State University, in fourth place but slipped into a tie for fifth with the University of Idaho after posting a 297 Tuesday. Despite the 297 being its lowest score of the tournament and Gonzaga scoring a 54-hole total of 908, it was still six shots behind fourth place finisher CSU Fullerton.

"We definitely could've played better but we did a great job of hanging in there today," said head coach Robert Gray after the tournament concluded. "The course was much easier to score on than yesterday but we got off to a rough start where we were +6 though the first four holes. We finished +9 for the day, so it was great to see the players hang in there and give us our best finish at this event. We definitely have some areas we need to work on, but it's a good start to the season."

Along with it being their best finish at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, it was also the Bulldogs top opening tournament finish since they claimed seventh at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in 2004.  

Walsh entered the day in a tie for 19th place and with his second-straight even-par round the newcomer from Keller, Texas moved into 14th with a 54-hole total of 226 (82-72-72).

Senior Travis Johnsen posted a 2-over par 74 for a score of 227 (75-78-74), while sophomore James Fahy shot a 3-over par 75 for a total of 227 (75-77-75). Both Johnsen and Fahy tied for 15th.

"Travis was +3 after his first four holes and then played his final 14 holes 1-under to post the second lowest team score of the day," explained Gray of his lone senior. "James played the most consistent posting his second 75 of the tournament."

Rounding out the tournament for Gonzaga were sophomore Brendan Connolly who tied for 24th with a 229 (77-75-77) and classmate Erik Krzyzanowski who tied for 56th with a 241 (86-79-76).

Junior Peter Gullickson played as an individual and scored a 234 (80-81-73) to tie for 46th.

Host Washington State captured the team title with an 875. Cougar Hank Frame earned medalist honors at 213 (76-69-68).

Gonzaga begins a tough 3-tournament stretch next week with the Kikkor Husky Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington, Sept. 17-18.

"Next week we begin the first of three very strong events," stated Gray. "We'll learn from our mistakes and work hard to improve on the things that hurt us this week. I know everyone is excited for the opportunity that lies ahead."

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