BYU, Colorado State share Jerry Pate title in Alabama
Parathakorn Suyasri (CSU Athletics/Twitter photo)
Colorado State claimed the individual winner and a share of the team title on Tuesday at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. The Rams rose one spot on the leaderboard with their 1-under 279 total to match BYU. The Cougars, for their part, claimed two players inside the top 5 and three in the top 10. Both teams finished the 54-hole event at Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills, Ala., with a 17-under team total.
For BYU, it was about holding ground while Colorado State made a gentle charge. The Rams tied for the second-best team score of the day despite struggling to close. Colorado State counters went 9 over in the final two holes.
“I am really proud of this team and how they competed in this tournament,” head coach Christian Newton said. “We did a great job of taking advantage of the holes that we could and then battled through the toughest holes on the course. It was a complete team effort as everyone stepped up against some of the best individual players in the country.”
Parathakorn Suyasri won the individual title with his 11-under total. That effort ended with a final-round 67.
As for BYU, the Jerry Pate represents a second consecutive team title after the Cougars won the Nick Watney Invitational last week.
"We didn't have our best round today but we found a way to get it done," BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "We've got a great group of guys who work hard and refuse to give up."
Auburn was third at 13 under followed by the University of Alabama Birmingham in fourth, nine shots back.
Information from BYU Athletics, Colorado State Athletics used in this report
ABOUT THE Jerry Pate Intercollegiate
54-hole men's college tournament
by the University of Alabama. Team (best four scores
out of five players each round) and individual
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