FRESNO, Calif. — Wonje Choi and Zak Sievers each shot 1-under par rounds of 70 for the lowest scores by Sacramento State men's golfers during the final round of the Nick Watney Invitational on Tuesday at Sunnyside Country Club. Choi's efforts helped the team move up three spots in the final standings, finishing the tournament in eighth place with a total of 298-301-293-892.
Devyn Fitchhorn had the highest finish on the team, tying for 23rd place at 74-73-74-221. On Tuesday, Fitchhorn started on the 10th hole and was 2-over following a double bogey on the par-4 11th. He was even following birdies on the par-4 14th and par-5 15th but made the turn at 1-over with a bogey on the par-5 18th. On the front side of the course, the sophomore was 2-over. He bogeyed the par-4 third, birdied the par-3 sixth and double bogeyed the par-4 seventh.
Eric Olsem shot 74-74-75-223 to tie for 30th overall. Olsem was 3-over on the back half of the course with a bogey on the par-4 11th and a double bogey on the par-3 13th. He started the front half with a bogey on the par-4 first and a birdie on the par-4 second. Olsem duplicated the pattern on Nos. 5 and 6 before ending with a pair of pars on either side of a bogey on the par-4 eighth.
Choi bounced back from a rough second round to record the lone under-par round from Sacramento State in the three rounds. Choi began the morning with a par on the 10th then alternated bogeys and birdies on the next four holes. He dropped to 1-under with a birdie on the par-5 18th and later moved to 2-under with a birdie on the par-4 third. A bogey on No. 4 and a birdie on the par-4 fifth kept him there until he bogeyed the par-4 eighth.
Ash Patel provided a round of 74 toward the team total and tied for 43rd overall with a total of 75-76-74-225. Patel had three consecutive pars to start his round and was 2-over with bogeys on the par-3 13th and par-4 14th. His lone birdie of the day came on the par-5 18th but was followed by bogeys on the par-4 first and third holes. He had seven pars on the front side to finish at 3-over.
Sievers was competing as an individual and surged up 30 spots on the leaderboard with his best round as a collegiate golfer. The freshman was never over par during his round, starting with a pair of pars before a birdie on the par-4 12th. His only bogey on the back nine came on the par-3 13th and he made the turn at 2-under following birdies on the par-5 15th and par-3 17th. On the front side, he had bogeys on both sides of a birdie on the par-4 third along with six pars.
BYU pulled away from a four-way tie for first place at the start of the day to win the team title. The Cougars shot 283-293-289-865 to defeat San Francisco by two strokes. The rest of the top five was comprised of Utah (874), Saint Mary's (876) and host Fresno State (878). Peter Kuest of the BYU was the medalist after finishing 3-under par. Kuest was the only player in the red with rounds of 65-72-73-210.
Sacramento State will next compete at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational in Stockon, Calif., on Oct. 26-28.
NICK WATNEY INVITATIONAL
Fresno, Calif. | Sunnyside CC
Par 71 | 6,921 Yards
1. BYU 283-293-289-865
2. San Francisco 294-284-289-867
3. Utah 286-290-298-874
4. Saint Mary's 288-288-300-876
5. Fresno State 288-296-294-878
6. Loyola Marymount 288-288-304-880
7. UC Santa Barbara 299-295-291-885
8. SACRAMENTO STATE 298-301-293-892
9. San Diego 294-300-393-897
T10. Pacific 295-296-310-901
T10. Cal State Northridge 299-308-294-901
12. Seattle 297-297-308-902
13. Gonzaga 304-296-305-905
14. UC Irvine 304-295-307-906
15. UC Riverside 304-306-308-918
16. Cal Poly 301-303-315-919
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Peter Kuest, BYU, 65-72-73-210
2. Henry Chung, USF, 73-70-70-213
T3. Patrick Fishburn, BYU, 70-71-73-214
T3. Riley Elmes, LMU, 72-68-74-214
5. Joe Harvie, Seattle, 70-73-72-215
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T23. Devyn Fitchhorn 74-73-74-221
T30. Eric Olsem 74-74-75-223
T30. Zak Sievers 76-77-70-223*
T38. Wonje Choi 75-79-70-224
T43. Ash Patel 75-76-74-225
T60. Jeff Carr 77-78-75-230
* Competed as individual
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