Johnsen Shoots 69 To Highlight Final Round For Bulldogs
BREMERTON, Wash. - Gonzaga University's Travis Johnsen fired a final-round 69 Tuesday to finish at 222 and tied for 18th at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational hosted by the University of Washington at Gold Mountain Golf Club.
The team championship was played on the 7,124-yard, par 72 Olympic Course, the site of the West Coast Conference Championship in April.
Johnsen, who had opening rounds of 78 and 75 Monday, played flawless golf on his way to his 3-under round Tuesday. Starting his round on the 10th hole, Johnsen birdied the par 3 12th and 16th as well as the par 4 15th, then played par golf the remaining 11 holes. The round was a stark contrast to his 36 holes Monday when he had eight bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.
The Bulldogs shot a final-round 299 to finish 13th with a 54-hole score of 922. Washington won the tournament at 862.
"Travis put together a great round of 69 today. He hit all 18 greens in regulation and didn't make a bogey. I can't express in words how amazing that is at Gold Mountain. If you've played the course, you'll understand. That was huge for the team score and a great example for the young guys on bouncing back from a bad day. We also got decent rounds from Brendan (Connolly) and Peter (Gullickson)," head coach Robert Gray said.
Connolly rebounded from rounds of 83-81 to shoot a final-round 76 and Gullickson posted a 75 after Monday's rounds of 85-77.
"Our team score today was right with a lot of other teams, showing the guys they can play with them. We were too tentative Monday and lost some confidence out there. We reversed that today and we need to continue that in our upcoming events," Gray noted.
Gray said the tournament will prove to be a learning ground after not performing up to pre-tournament expectations.
"Overall, we didn't play the way we expected coming in. The course played very tough and it exposed every weakness, physically and mentally. But we learned a lot about ourselves and where our games need to improve this week. That will be very helpful the rest of the season. We also learned a lot more about the course, which will be beneficial when we return for the WCC Championship in April," Gray said.
The Bulldogs will complete a grueling three tournaments in successive weeks to open the season when they play in the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational next Monday and Tuesday at Colorado National Golf Course in Denver. The tournament is hosted by the University of Colorado.