The Seattle University men’s golf team moved up to fifth place as the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championships concluded Sunday at windy Stallion Mountain Golf Club.
Kyle Cornett (Mill Creek, Wash.) was Seattle U’s top finisher in the tournament, shooting 76 (+4) in the third round, including birdies on the second and 13th holes, to post a cumulative score of 223 (+7) and end up in a tie for 17th place. Ross Kukula (Ocean Park, Wash.) birdied the sixth hole and pared nine of the last 11 holes to shoot 77 (+5) for a three-round total of 226 (+10), good enough for 22nd place.
Patrick Sato (Bellevue, Wash.) maintained his position in the individual standings at a tie for 29th place after shooting 78 (+6) in the final round, ending the tournament with a total score of 230 (+14). Luka Karaula (Zapresic, Croatia) birdied two of the first three holes as well as the 18th hole, but he struggled the rest of the way, shooting 81 (+9) for a three-round total of 234 (+18) and ending up in a tie for 34th place. David Torres (Armenia, Colombia) finished the tournament in 36th place after shooting 83 (+11) Sunday for a three-round total of 235 (+19).
Seattle University moved past Texas-Pan American into fifth place with a final score of 912 (+48) after shooting 312 (+24) in the third round. New Mexico State earned the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament by winning the team competition by 10 strokes over Idaho, with the Aggies’ Pat Beyhan shooting even-par 72 on a challenging day to win medalist honors by two strokes.
All five players who competed at the conference tournament this weekend are eligible to return for the 2014-15 campaign.