UNIVERISTY PLACE, Wash. – (Apr. 4) Strong first and third rounds led Seattle University men's golf to a third-place team finish at its own Redhawk Invitational, held Monday and Tuesday at Chambers Bay Golf Course.
It was no easy task, taking on the course that hosted the 2015 U.S. Open, but a fantastic opportunity for all competitors. The field played two par-71 rounds at 7,223 yards Monday and closed with a par-70, 7057-yard round on Tuesday.
It’s just unbelievable here," said Head Coach Marc Chandonnet. "We’ve had so many great comments about what a test this course it and how challenging it is, but also how enjoyable of an experience it is to play on a U.S. Open venue. It’s a world-class experience."
The Redhawks finished with a 12-over 860 (286-296-278), just seven strokes back from team champion Iowa State, which shot a five-over 853. The Cyclones, ranked 53rd in the latest Golfstat.com national poll, held off 35th-ranked Northwestern by one stroke. The Wildcats' Dylan Wu won the individual title with a seven-under 205 (66-70-69).
Zack Overstreet led Seattle U by shooting a two-under 210 for seventh place overall. The rookie carded a one-over 72 in his opening round, shot even par 71 in round two and closed with a three-under 67, which tied for the second lowest round of the tournament.
"I’m excited about our play today," said Chandonnet. "This is the second time in the last month-and-a-half that we've shot under par in the final round. To get a 67 out of a freshman and have Michael (Almonte) step up and shoot the best score he’s ever shot with a 66 is pretty awesome. I’m excited about our finish as we head towards postseason play."
Kyle Cornett placed in a tie for 12th at four-over 216 (70-73-73) and Joe Harvie tied for 24th at seven-over 219 (71-76-72). Michael Almonte and Patrick Sato rounded out the Redhawks' team competitors, each carding a 10-over 222 to tie for 39th. Almonte tied for the tournament low with his four-under 66 on Tuesday.
The Redhawks have one final tune-up before the Western Athletic Conference Championships. They head to the El Macero Classic, hosted by UC Davis, on Apr. 13-14.