Junior Ben Bankhead posts season-low rounds of 70, career-low score of 212, and career-best finish of second place.
Oct. 27, 2012
EL PASO, Texas - The University of Utah golf team finished third at the inaugural Price's Give `Em Five Invitational at the Fort Bliss Butterfield Golf Course on Saturday. The team shot an even-par 864 (281-295-288) to earn its best finish since 2009. Junior Ben Bankhead highlighted Utah's effort with a career-best second-place finish.
"Obviously finishing third is nice," said head coach Randall McCracken. "We were successful in this tournament because our fourth and fifth guys on the team kept up. There were not one or two individuals dragging down the score for the other three on the team. That's what it takes to be competitive."
The Utes' third-place finish is their best showing at any tournament since winning the 2009 Utah/Weber Purple and Red Invite. This was Utah's fourth top-10 finish of the year.
Bankhead posted a career-low three-round total of 212 (70-72-70) tying for second place, his career best finish. His pair of 70's tie his career best rounds as well.
Redshirt junior Casey Halliday tied for eighth, shooting a 215 (71-73-71). Redshirt freshman Jonathon Thomas shot a 222 (72-72-78), tying for 33rd. Sophomore Gentry Hicks tied for 47th with a 226 (71-78-77). Sophomore Brandon Kida shot a two-round score of 139 (69-DQ-70), placing him in 72nd.
Sophomore Jack Maerki competed in the invitational as an unattached individual, posting a 229 (82-75-72), to finish tied for 59th.
After finishing the Fall portion of their season strong, Utah golf will not compete again until the University of Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan. 28-29.