Bulldogs Place 10th At Bill Cullum Invitational; Walsh Ties For 12th
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Freshman Sean Walsh shot a final-round 2-under par 70 Tuesday to lead the Gonzaga University men's golf team on the final day of the Bill Cullum Invitational, hosted by Cal State Northridge at Wood Ranch Golf Course.
The Bulldogs shot a final-round 290 - their lowest of the tournament - to move from 19th after the first round to finish in 10th place in a field of 20 with a 54-hole score of 894.
"I'm really proud of the guys for bouncing back after such a terrible start," explained Zag head coach Robert Gray. "To move from 19th to 10th was great to see. We're still having trouble getting three good rounds but we've shown we can fight back."
Walsh overcame an uncharacteristic poor start, in which he shot a 5-over par in the tournament's first round, to put together back-to-back under par performances. He closed out the second round with a 3-under par 69, and followed that up with his team-best 2-under par 70 Tuesday for a 54-hole 216. His score placed him tied for 12th.
"Sean put together another solid finish after struggling the first round," stated Gray of his lone freshman.
Walsh finished the fall season for the Zags with three Top 15 finishes and an average stroke of 73.9.
Senior Travis Johnsen and junior Peter Gullickson each shot a final round 72 over the 6,819-year, par-72 layout and each finished with a 54-hole score 227 to tie for 52nd. Sophomore James Fahy fired a third-round 76 and finished at 230 and classmate Erik Krzyzanowski shot an 83 for a 234.
"We have had trouble with our fourth score this year and James battled hard today to give us a fourth score that didn't take a good score away. That was big for us," stated Gray of Fahy.
West Coast Conference for University of San Diego ran away with the team title, shooting a 14-under par 850 for a nine-shot victory over Arizona State University at 859.
Arizona State's Jon Rahm Rodriguez overcame USD's Grant Forrest to win the individual title. Rodriguez closed out the invitational with a 54-hole 204, earning a 3-stroke victory over Forrest at 207.
The tournament ended a challenging but rewarding fall season for the Bulldogs. Gray is now looking forward to using what the team has learned over the five fall tournaments to prepare for the upcoming spring season.
"It's been a busy fall and it's going to be nice to take a break, focus on finals and start working on more consistency in the spring schedule," said Gray.