The Colorado Mesa University men’s golf team entered the second half of the fall season at WNMU Fall Intercollegiate tournament in Goodyear, Ariz. The Mavericks finished 13 overall as a team.

The Mavericks struggled in the first round carding 300 (+12). Round two was an eight-shot improvement carding 292 (+4). Then a two-shot improvement in the final round 290 (+2).

“It’s a good sign to see,” Head coach Matt Ward said. “We’ve got a team that is pretty inexperienced and young so to see them to put it back together and finish better than we started is always a good thing. I think they’ll continue to improve as the year goes on.”

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Head men’s golf coach Matt Ward.

Aidan Thain had the highest individual finish for the Mavericks. Thain shot an even par (72) in the first round then four-over (76) in the second round. Thain had a great final round shooting three-under (69) to finish at one-over for the tournament (217) in a tie for 24 place.

“Aidan has a lot of talent his second round was a little rough, but that’s part of the learning experience,” Ward said.

Grant Olinger finished in a tie for 26 place for the tournament. Olinger Shot one-over (73) in the first round, two-over (74) in the second round and a one-under (71) in the final round.

Kyle Pearson finished in a tie for 40 place (+6). Shooting four-over (76), two-under (70) and four-over (70).

“[Pearson] had a really good first round,” Ward said. “His second round was good too, so he’s learning how to play through the tiring long day.”

Texas A&M – Commerce and CSU – San Marcos finished in a tie for first with a 13-under par finish. The trophy was given to Commerce because their non-counting score was lower.   

The men’s team will next compete at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Fall Invite on Oct. 9-10 in Durango, Colo. at Hillcrest Country Club.


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