PROVO, Utah -- The Colorado State mens golf team moved up two spots on the final day of the BYU Cougar Classic to take home top honors. The Rams put together a final round score of 286 to finish one stroke ahead of both Denver and BYU giving the team their first victory of the year. This is the second year in a row the Rams have won the Cougar Classic. The tournament also marks CSUs 11th consecutive tournament this year in which they have finished in the top-10.
CSU finished with three players in the top 10 and four in the top 20 to help guide them to the victory.
Martin Laird again led the way for the Rams and came through in the clutch. BYU was up on the Rams by one stroke going into the final hole and but Laird birdied to seal the deal to put the team up by one following a bogey by BYU. Laird paced the field in the tournament giving him his second victory of the spring and the third of his career, making him the only player in school history to win three tournaments. Laird fired rounds of 67, 69, and 73, respectively to finish at seven under par, two strokes ahead of the competition. Lairds first and second rounds of 67 and 69 mark the 11th and 12th time this season Laird has finished with rounds under 70. Laird has not finished out of the top-10 in his last seven tournaments.
Nolan Martin also stepped up big for the Rams. Martin carded rounds of 69, 71 and 72 respectively, to finish in a three-way tie for third place; his second best finish this year. The tournament also marks Martins fifth top-10 finish of the year. Senior Geoff Nuwash also played well for the Rams. Nuwash finished with a three round total score of 216 to finish alone in eighth, his best finish of the year. Nuwash carded a final round score of 69, which is his best score of the year. Brett Tobyne was another bright spot for Colorado State. Tobyne finished in a six-way tie for 15th after recording a total score of 220. His 15th place finish marks his best this year. John Hayes rounded out the field for the Rams. Hayes finished in a tie for 52nd, with a total score of 233.
The Cougar Classic marks the end of the regular season for Colorado State. They will be in action again on May 1 when they travel to Sunriver, Ore. to take part in the Mountain West Conference Championships.