Staying on Track

Brown, Arp, Goddard rack up top-10 finishes on mini tours; Ex-DU golfer Gilman medalist in PGA Tour Canada Q-school

by Gary Baines - 3/18/2017

Zahkai Brown of Golden extended his streak of top-10 mini-tour finishes, but this time, he overcame tougher odds to hit the mark.

The former Colorado State University golfer tied for sixth place Saturday in the Adams Pro Tour's Coca-Cola Dr. Pepper Open in Alexandria, La., which featured a whopping field of 180 players.

Between the Dreamchasers and Adams Tours, Brown (pictured) has now placed in the top 10 in five consecutive tournaments.

Another former CSU golfer, Riley Arp of Fort Collins, is on an even longer streak, having notched seven straight top-10s on the Dreamchasers and Adams Tours. Thanks to a 7-under-par 65 on Saturday, Arp tied for 10th place on Saturday.

Brown, the 2013 CoBank Colorado Open champion, closed with a 1-under 71 on Saturday, leaving him with an 18-under 270 total, which left the former Ram seven strokes back of winner Conner Godsey of Rogersville, Ala. Brown, now 69 under par in his last 13 mini tour rounds, earned $4,695 this week. He carded scores of 66-70-63-71 in Louisiana.

Arp went 69-68-69-65 to check in at 271 and earn $2,880. Tying Arp for 10th place was Joshua Creel (72-68-63-68--271), who played some of his college golf at the University of Colorado before transferring to Central Oklahoma.

Goddard 9th in Dreamchasers Tourney: Meanwhile, on the Dreamchasers Tour, Nate Goddard of Fort Collins finished ninth in the Wigwam Gold Major that ended Wednesday in Litchfield Park, Ariz.

The 2016 CGA Match Play champion carded rounds of 71-70-71 for a 4-under-par 212 total, which left him six strokes behind champion Evan Bowser of Dearborn, Mich.

Former DU Golfer Gilman Medalist in PGA Tour Canada Q-School: Former University of Denver golfer Chris Gilman claimed medalist honors in the PGA Tour Canada Q-school tournament that ended Friday in Santee, Calif.

Gilman will be exempt throughout the 2017 PGA Tour Canada season, which starts June 1, by virtue of shooting rounds of 66-69-71-71 in Santee. His 11-under-par 277 total was four strokes better than runners-up Preston Valder and Matthew Picanso.

Four more PGA Tour Canada Q-school tournaments will be held in the next two months.


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