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Walsh Tied For Second Going Into Final Round of Mark Simpson Invite

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 09/24/2012
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ERIE, Colo. - Gonzaga University men's golf freshman Sean Walsh enters the final day of the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational tied for second after posting a 36-hole six under par 138 Monday at the Colorado National Golf Course.

Walsh put together back-to-back rounds of 69 to be tied for second with four other golfers and is three shots behind leader Nathan Hughes of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

"Sean played solid all day," said Bulldog head coach Robert Gray. "The most impressive part of his day is that he was plus three after his first three holes in the second round and then played the final 18 holes at six under. That's a great example of staying in the present and keeping his composure."

As a team, Gonzaga is tied for ninth after the first day with a 36-hole 579.

In a tight field, only nine strokes are between Gonzaga and the University of Colorado and the University of Kansas who are currently tied for fourth at 570. Oregon State University leads the tournament at 561.

"We played pretty well as a team today," Gray said. "We've struggled getting more than one or two good scores this season so to have three guys post under par rounds for the second 18 is great. With one more round to go, we're looking to get the consistency with a third good round."

Also putting together a strong performance for the Bulldogs was James Fahy. The sophomore rebounded from posting a first-round 73 to score a 69 on the final 18 for a 142. He is currently tied for 19th.

"James had an up and down first round and came through with a needed 73 for the team," stated Gray. "He was swinging the club well all day and he got it going the second round, posting a 69 that included a back nine 4-under and an eagle at the par 5, 12th"

Senior Travis Johnsen and sophomore Brendan Connolly each also rebounded from a sub-par first round to put together solid second rounds. After a 77 over the first 18 holes, Johnsen carded a 71 for a 36-hole 148. Connolly started the day with a 78 and finished with a 74 for a 152.

"Travis hit the ball poorly most of the day but his experience paid big dividends the second round," explained Gray. "He made adjustments to his strategy to get the most out of his game.

"Brendan also bounced back the second round to help us post our best team round of the season."

Rounding out the day for the Zags was junior Peter Gullickson with a 152 (77-77).

Playing as an individual, sophomore Erik Krzyzanowski is tied for 37th with a 36-hole score 146 (74-72).

"It's great to see Erik play well today," said Gray. "He's been struggling with this ball striking this season but he's been hitting the ball real well since we got back from our last event."

Gonzaga will close out the tournament with the final 18 holes Tuesday.

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