Men’s Golf | April 5, 2022
TACOMA, Wash. – The La Salle men’s golf team completed action at the SeattleU Redhawk Invitational on Tuesday afternoon, playing a one round event after the opening two rounds were canceled Monday due to unsafe weather conditions.
“First and foremost, thank you to Seattle U for hosting such an incredible event,” said La Salle Director of Golf Scott Yurgalevicz. “The weather may not have been the best but this was a true test of golf this week on a championship golf course.”
Playing in similar conditions to yesterday, the Explorers braved the windy, dreary conditions at the prestigious Chambers Bay Golf Course against some top competition in the field, pairing up with fifth ranked Washington. The Explorers were unfortunate to see their early action yesterday garner no returns after a number of stops throughout the day forced play to halt near the end of their opening round.
“After playing well yesterday and being in the middle of the pack then having that round canceled and knocked out, it was a big gut punch to our team,” stated Yurgalevicz. “We tried our best to rally but came out slow to start the day and couldn’t quite get anything going.”
After playing in conditions similar to this in the season opening tournament at the South Jersey Spring Jersey just a month ago, the Explorers found success once more in their ball striking, but suffered on the green.
“We actually struck the ball the best I’ve seen all semester, but our putting was lacking today,” commented Yurgalevicz. “As a team we pride ourselves on a few key areas, and no three putts is on the top of that list of items. As a team we had 27 three putts today. It’s very uncharacteristic of our team and we know if corrected as a team we would have finished in the top half of the field.”
“This was the first ‘big’ event the program has ever competed in. We felt like we belonged here and had a chance to make some noise and we will tidy up the details to make that happen next time around.”
ABOUT THE COURSE
- The course at Chambers Bay plays at a par 71, stretching a distance of 7,068 yards on Tuesday.
- 23 teams and 120 individuals competed in the event, 13 of the teams ranked within the top 150 in GolfStat rankings.
- The event consisted of one 18-hole round after the 36 holes were canceled yesterday, La Salle having completed nearly the entire first round before being taken off the course.
- Parker Wine paced the Explorers with a 79 (+8) on the afternoon, recovering to shoot even through the final six holes to close out his day strong.
- Both Nikita Romanov and Karsen Rush finished a stroke behind the captain, carding 80s for the pair to sit at nine-over.
- Matthew Werner was one of two Explorers to register multiple birdies on the afternoon, recording his first on the par-5 eighth hole before making the turn and sinking his second on the par-4 10th. Werner finished with an 81 (+10).
- After holing out in the opening round yesterday for an eagle, Logan Flores battled through the conditions to round out the team with an 83 (+12), finishing strong with two birdies in the final four holes.
- Boise State’s Max Charles led the pack with a two-under 69 on his round, one of only two golfers to go under par. Hosts SeattleU had Nathan Cogswell tally second with a 70 (-1).
- Boise State took the team honors as well, recording a team score of 287 (+3) to take a five-stroke win over closest competitors Abilene Christian and Seton Hall.
- La Salle finished 23rd in the strong field, finishing with a score of 320 (+36).
- La Salle returns to action next Monday-Tuesday, April 11-12 to take part in the Shark Invitational hosted by LIU.