Against field with 3 of top 5 teams in nation, CSU men place fourth in National Invitational Tournament; Staiano, Teiffel, Suyasri share 13th place individually
By Gary Baines – 03/19/2019
It wasn’t a victory, but against a very strong field, it was an impressive showing.
With three of the top five men’s teams in the country competing — according to the Golfweek rankings — Colorado State University finished fourth out of 16 on Tuesday in the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.
The Rams didn’t have a player place in the top 10 individually, but had three tie for 13th place — senior and 2017 CGA Player of the Year Jake Staiano, freshman Oscar Teiffel and sophomore Parathakorn Suyasri. They all posted 6-under-par 210 totals, which left them 11 strokes behind individual champion Alex del Ray of Arizona State.
CSU’s stellar total of 25-under-par 839 was bettered only by those teams ranked in the top five in the nation — Arizona State (814), Southern California (835) and Oklahoma (836). In all, six of the top 50 teams in the country were at the NIT, according to Golfstat’s rankings.
The Rams’ overall total (839) and final round (10-under 278) were their second-best of the season.
Junior AJ Ott (213, 26th place) and freshman Davis Bryant (215, 37h place) rounded out CSU’s scoring.
The University of Colorado placed 14th (880), with junior Ross Macdonald (215, 37th place) leading the way individually.
NATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
March 18-19, 2019 (final) in Tucson, Ariz.
4. (out of 16 teams) Colorado State 280-281-278–839
13. Jake Staiano 67-73-70–210
13. Oscar Teiffel 71-66-73–210
13. Parathakoran Suyasri 72-71-67–210
26. AJ Ott 72-73-68–213
37. Davis Bryant 70-71-74–215
14. Colorado 291-295-294–880
37. Ross Macdonald 70-73-72–215
46. Trevor Olkowski 71-72-74–217
66. Daniel O’Loughlin 74-75-75–224
72. Kristoffer Max 78-75-73–226
72. Cole Krantz 76-75-75–226
46. Former Coloradan Kyler Dunkle, Utah 73-75-69–217
75. Coloradan Tyler Severin, Wyoming 73-77-77–227