SEATTLE - Over a warm and sunny two-day span at the Fort Collins Country Club in Fort Collins, Colo., Seattle U men’s golf competed in the Ram Masters Invitational for the first time in Redhawk history, finishing ninth overall as a team with a total score of 26-over par. 

Freshman Nathan Cogswell impressed with a one-under 69 in round one, posting subsequent rounds of 73 and 72. He and junior Greg Gionfriddo (70-75-70) were neck-and-neck for the entire tournament, finally finishing in a tie for 25th place out of 96 entries. 

Sophomore Gabe Spach started with a nine-over 79 in round one, but came roaring back with rounds of 70 and 69 to finish with a score of eight-over 218, good for a 38th-place tie. Redshirt sophomore Thomas Almojuela (72-77-77) finished 16 strokes over par and junior Zack Overstreet (74-74-79) ended up with 17-over.

“I’m excited about our start,” Head Coach Marc Chandonnet said. “We have a wonderful group of young men who are very supportive of each other – I was happy about their ability to stay patient throughout the tournament.”

Seattle U started hot on Monday, finishing the first round in third place with a team score of 255 (+5). The competition became fierce in the second and third rounds, with several teams fluctuating in the standings from hole to hole. At the end of Tuesday’s play, the Redhawks landed just two strokes behind eighth-place Long Beach State, finishing in the middle of the 17-team field. Host Colorado State University broke away from the pack in round three, staying at the top with a team score of four under par, 14 strokes ahead of second-place Illinois State University. 

The Redhawks will be back in action on Sept. 25-26 in Sammamish, Wash., for the University of Washington-hosted Husky Invitational.