CSU men’s golf wins 2019 Ram Masters Invitational

Ryan Loberger

In the game of golf, there’s a saying that goes “If you want to find a man’s true character, play golf with him.”

After a seventh place finish in the Carpet Capital Collegiate down in Rocky Face, Georgia, the Colorado State men’s golf team rebounded with a victory in the eighth annual Ram Masters Invitational.

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Starting the season off with a tough tournament down in Georgia filled with high caliber programs paid off for the Rams this week. CSU claimed the trophy with a short lineup, as junior Cullen Plousha did not finish the final round because of a shoulder injury. The maturity to rebound after a slow start Monday and overcome an injury on the final day shows the team’s character.

Golfer Stands
Cullen Plousha addresses the ball on the 10th hole of the Ram Masters Invitational before teeing off. (Luke Bourland | Collegian)

“Absolutely. It was a great two tournaments to start,” sophomore Davis Bryant said. “We did what we wanted to, improving on last year’s finish in Georgia, then playing well here. We’re excited for Alabama coming up. Everyone is progressing, and you can tell that everyone is learning how to keep it going every day, which is awesome.”

CSU started slow, shooting 285 on their first round Monday morning but bouncing back with an incredible second round to revive their hopes of defending the title. Plousha and sophomores Oscar Teiffel and Bryant all shot 66 in round number two on Monday, which tied or set a career-low for all three golfers, as the Rams finished with a score of 265.

“To me, the impressive part was what Cullen (Plousha) and Oscar (Teiffel) did,” Head Coach Christian Newton said. “They both had really rough mornings, and I wasn’t sure what the afternoon was going to look like, but they turned it around.”

Tee Boxes
The tee boxes on the 10th hole of the Ram Masters Invitational. The tee markers were made with the colors of Colorado State University and the style of the Colorado State flag. (Luke Bourland | Collegian)

The win on Tuesday marked the sixth straight year that the Rams have captured the title, finishing 9-under par. Senior AJ Ott and Bryant finished tied for second place at 3-under par, while junior Parathakorn Suyasri finished 2-under in a three way tie for third.

“This tournament gave us the confidence for the rest of the year,” Suyasri said. “We played well. It’s not easy to win around here, with all the teams around here. Some of us didn’t have many tournaments during the summer, and Georgia got us back to being more competitive, and that got us ready for this tournament.”

Final Scores:

Team Finishes

 

1

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Colorado State 

285-265-281=831 (-9)

2

Wyoming

280-277-288=845 (+5)

3

Cal State Fullerton 

287-280-279=846 (+6)

4

UTEP 

279-281-288=848 (+8)

5

Denver 

283-284-286=853 (+13)

6

Fresno State 

289-280-286=855 (+15)

7

Northern Colorado 

285-288-284=857 (+17)

8

South Dakota 

284-284-292=860 (+20)

9

Utah Valley 

292-282-290=864 (+24)

10

Grand Canyon 

287-295-285=867 (+27)

11

Air Force 

288-290-290=868 (+28)

12

Utah State

293-291-295=879 (+39)

13

Pacific

300-281-300=881 (+41)

14

Cal Poly

296-294-292=882 (+42)

15

Wichita State

302-294-289=885 (+45)

16

Houston Baptist

292-294-303=889 (+49)

17

Creighton

297-304-300=901 (+61)

 

 

Ryan Loberger can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @Lobergerryan.