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Strong Field Has Men's Golf In 13th At Kikkor Husky Invite

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 09/17/2012
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BREMERTON, Wash. - Playing against some of the strongest competition in the country, the Gonzaga University men's golf team battled back from a slow start to post a second round 307 Monday in the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington.

The Bulldogs shot a 36-hole score of 623 which stands them 13th in the field of 15 but in a position to move up in Tuesday's final 18 holes.

"Not the results we were looking for today after a decent start last week," explained Zag head coach Robert Gray. "The course played hard and fast today with tough hole locations; definitely a test that will punish you for poor shots. We talked about putting the ball in the right place on and around the greens this week. We did the things you do to score poorly; missed the greens in the wrong place, didn't get up/down when we should and missed short putts. Tomorrow, we'll be focusing on cleaning those things up and executing the basic shots that are needed to post a good score."

Gonzaga will close out the invitational Tuesday with a final 18-holes.

Senior Travis Johnsen and freshman Sean Walsh each shot the best round for the Zags Monday with second-rounds of 75 over the 7,124 yard, par 72 Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Complex.  Johnsen coupled his second-round 75 with a first round 78 for a 36-hole 153. Walsh had a first round 79, with his 75, for a first-day total of 154.

Johnsen is tied for 42nd, while Walsh is tied for 44th.

Sophomore James Fahy put together the best first round score for Gonzaga with a 76 but faltered a tad in the final 18 with an 80 for a 36-hole score of 156. He is tied for 53rd going into the final 18-holes.

Rounding the day out for the Bulldogs was Peter Gullickson and Brendan Connolly who shot a 162 and 164, respectively. Gullickson (85-66-162) is tied for 65th and Connolly (83-81-164) is in 68th.

"Today was definitely an eye opener for the guys on areas of our games that need to improve in order to compete against a strong field like this one," Gray said.

Host Washington holds the 36-hole lead at 573 for a six-shot lead over Texas A&M. Cheng-Tsung Pan, of Washington, is the leader after rounds of 69-66 for a 135 and a 5-shot lead over teammate Chris Williams.

At the Kikkor Individual event, held at Cascade Course at Gold Mountain, Zag Erik Krzyzanowski is in 33rd after shooting a 84-79 for a 36-hole 163.

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