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Sean Walsh tied for 10th at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational.
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Walsh Ties For 10th At Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 09/25/2012
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ERIE, Colo. - Freshman Sean Walsh shot a final round 74 over the 7,741-yard, par 72 layout and finished at 212 to tie for 10th at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational Tuesday.

The Bulldogs shot a final round 290 and slipped from tied for ninth to 10th with a 54-hole score of 869.

"We slipped a spot today but overall I'm happy with our play this week," explained Gonzaga head coach Robert Gray. "We didn't play our best today but shooting 2-over while not at our best is a step in the right direction. Overall, we've improved a lot from last week and there were a few holes that kept us from a Top 5 finish this week but to be 11 shots out of fifth against some top programs is a big improvement for us."

Walsh has finished in the Top 20 in two of three events so far this fall. Along with this finish, he tied for 15th at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate.

"For the second time in three starts, Sean finished as our lone man and claimed his first collegiate Top 10," Gray stated. "I'm sure he was a little nervous at the beginning of the round, being just three shots off the lead and I know he is disappointment with his finish today but you have to get into those positions to learn how to deal with them. This experience will only make him better."

Senior Travis Johnsen shot a final round 71 to lead the Bulldogs on the final day. Johnsen was able to shake off a tough first round Monday morning to post back-to-back 1-under pars to finish at 219.

"Travis battle back today after starting his round with a double bogey," explained Gray. "Once again, his experience paid off and he kept his cool to post 1-under today. It was just another great example of leadership on the course."

Sophomore James Fahy fired a third-round 72 Tuesday and finished at 214 to tie for 20th.

"James didn't hit the ball as well as yesterday but just kept at it, playing what we call 'boring' golf with 16 pars, one birdie and a bogie, for his even par 72," stated Gray. "And 'boring' golf is consistent and definitely a good thing."

Rounding out the scoring for Gonzaga was junior Peter Gullickson at 227 (77-77-73) and sophomore Brendan Connolly at 228 (78-74-76).

Sophomore Erik Krzyzanowski, playing as an individual, continued his strong play. Krzyzanwoski posted his second-straight even-par 72 Tuesday and finished at 218 (74-72-72).

"I know Erik is very pleased to put three good rounds together after struggling with consistency this fall," explained Gray.

Oregon State University won the team title, shooting a 21-under par 843 for a 2-shot victory over host University of Colorado at 845.

Colorado State University' Kirby Pettitt won medalist honors at 14-under par 202 for a 3-shot victory over Oregon State's Brian Jung at 205.

After three-straight weeks of tournament play, Gonzaga has nearly two weeks to prepare for its next competition. The Bulldogs travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, hosted by the University of Notre Dame at the Warren Golf Course, Oct. 7-9.

"We're home for nine days before heading to Notre Dame," said Gray. "It's been a busy three weeks, so we'll take a couple days off before preparing for Notre Dame. It'll be another strong field on a great course and we're looking forward to the trip."

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