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Men's Golf Places 12th At Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 10/09/2012
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Gonzaga University men's golf team wasn't able to pick up any ground in Tuesday's final round of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, hosted by the University of Notre Dame, finishing the 54-hole tournament with a 902 and in 12th place.

"Some days you get off to a bad start and find your way back, while other days you get off to a bad start and continue to perform poorly the rest of the day. Today we did the latter," explained head coach Robert Gray. "The wind blew 15-20 miles per hour all day, making the course tougher but we just didn't get it done today."

The Bulldogs shot a 307 in Tuesday's final 18-holes, their highest round of the tournament.

"We've put ourselves in decent positions going into the final day before and we haven't been able to play well the last day," stated Gray. "If we're going to keep heading in the right direction and compete against solid programs then we need to play three consistent rounds."

Gonzaga's first two rounds were a 302 and a 293.

Freshman Sean Walsh paced the Bulldogs with a 54-hole score of 222 (76-70-76). Walsh closed out the tournament tied for 28th.

Junior Peter Gullickson had the best round for the Zags Tuesday with a 4-over par 75. He finished the tournament a stroke behind teammate Walsh at 223 (74-74-75) and tied for 36th.

Senior Travis Johnsen had a final score 228 (77-74-77) and sophomore James Fahy finished at 229 (75-75-79). Rounding out the tournament for Gonzaga was sophomore Brendan Connolly at 234 (77-77-80).

Michigan State University won the tournament with an 869 for a one-stroke victory over both the University of Houston and the UNC-Wilmington.

UNC-Wilmington's Thomas Bass earned the individual title with a 211 (71-68-72) and had a two-stroke victory over teammate Payne McLeod and UT Arlington's Hunter Brown.

Gonzaga will close out the fall season Oct. 22-23 when it participates in the Bull Cullum Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge at the Wood Ranch Golf Course in Northridge, Calif.

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