Senior Blake Cannon has been named the Mountain West Golfer of the Month by the league after his sensational start to the season.
September has easily been the best month of Cannon’s career, after it started with a tie for 10th at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational on Sept. 11. It was just his third top-10 finish of his college career when he finished 2-over 218. He was also second on the CSU team and helped them finish in fourth for the tournament.
Cannon truly busted out of the gates last week, when he took home his first two collegiate victories in a span of six days.
It started with Cannon being the low man at the Ram Masters Invitational, hosted by CSU at the Fort Collins Country Club. The tournament was held on Sept. 19-20 and in the final round, Cannon shot a personal best 6-under 64 and finished 7-under 203 for the tournament. His 203 set the record for the lowest 54-hole score in the tournament’s history.
Cannon would not stop there however, as the team traveled down to New Mexico to play in the prestigious William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. The course is one of the six sites for the 2016 NCAA Regionals and the tournament has a long list of famous winners that include Tiger Woods and Hall of Famer Johnny Miller.
The magnitude of the tournament did not get to Cannon, as he shot under par in all three rounds to finish at a 6-under 210, highlighted by a second round 3-under 69.
Cannon would seal the victory with a 2-under 70 to win the title by two strokes and become just the second Rams’ golfer to ever win the event. His play also helped the Rams finish in second overall at a 9-over 873.
Cannon joins a list of only nine other players in CSU history with multiple career wins and is the seventh CSU golfer to win two in one year. His 70.11 stroke average is also the best on the team so far this season.
“To win on such a tough golf course made it even better,” Cannon said in a statement after winning the Tucker, “I am also really proud of how well the team played. It has been a great start to the year.”
Cannon looks to continue his success in a couple weeks when the team heads to Parker, Colorado for the Paintbrush Intercollegiate on Oct. 10-11.
Collegian sports reporter Austin White can be reached by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @ajwrules44