Sophomore Gentry Hicks tied for 11th at the Falcon Invitational
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Utah golf team shot a 2-under par final round on Monday to earn a sixth-place finish at the 44th Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the Eisenhower Golf Club's Blue Course. The team improved its play each day and finished with a team score of 9-over par 873 (297-290-286).
"The guys played great this weekend," said head coach Randall McCracken. "This tournament helped us to see some things that we need to improve on, but this was a great event to start the year and set the tone for the season. The team and I are excited to get home, rest, and prepare for the Mark Simpson Invitational."
The Utes' sixth-place finish is their best showing at any tournament since finishing fifth at the 2009 Kauai Collegiate Invite.
Sophomore Gentry Hicks led the Utes with a score of 215 (73-70-72), tying for 11th. Following closely was junior Casey Halliday, posting a 217 (74-72-71) to tie for 14th. Juniors Daniel Engle and Ben Bankhead both shot a 222 and tied for 35th. Engle went 76-74-72, while Bankhead posted rounds of 74-77-71. Sophomore Jack Maerki tied for 55th, scoring 227 (78-74-75). Freshman Brent Pollock played as an unattached individual, posting 245 (78-85-82) and finishing 85th.
On Sunday, Utah finished round one in 10th position, then moved up to ninth. The team then improved another three positions with Monday's final round.
The Utes return to action September 24 and 25 at the Mark Simpson Invitational in Boulder, Colo.