Opportunity at Hand

Jack Castiglia leads by 4 at windy Ram Masters Invite and his UNC squad holds narrow advantage in team standings; 6-time defending champ CSU 4 back going into final round

By Gary Baines – 9/20/21

Jack Castiglia, a product of Lakewood, is no stranger to success collegiately in his home state.

In 2019, the last year there was NCAA Division I fall golf for the Colorado-based teams, the University of Northern Colorado player tied for first place in regulation twice in the Centennial State. He lost in a playoff at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the Air Force Academy and shared the title at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate in Highlands Ranch.

And now the Lakewood High School alum has given himself another shot at a trophy in the Centennial State.

On Monday after two windy rounds of the Ram Masters Invitational at Fort Collins Country Club, Castiglia holds a four-stroke lead going into the final 18 holes.

Castiglia posted scores of 73-71 for a 4-over-par 144 total in the Ram Masters, which features an 89-man field. For 36 holes, he’s carded five birdies and nine bogeys in very difficult scoring conditions.

With teammate Marcus Tait also sitting in the top 10 individually at seventh (152), UNC leads the 16-team field, at 62 over par. Pacific sits a stroke back. 

Host Colorado State, seeking its seventh consecutive team title in its Ram Masters, will need a bit of a rally on Tuesday if it wants to extend its streak. The Rams are in fifth place, trailing UNC by four strokes. Aurora product Davis Bryant, who shares ninth place individually (76-77–153), is leading the way for CSU.

But the team title is still a wide-open affair as the ninth-place team is just seven out of the lead.

The Air Force Academy holds 15th place, at 94 over par.

For all the scores from the Ram Masters, CLICK HERE.