Men's Golf Finishes 13th at The Prestige
Feb. 21, 2018
LA QUINTA, Calif. – The San Diego State men's golf team concluded its second tournament of the spring in 13th place at The Prestige at PGA WEST after recording a 16-over-par 300 during the final round Wednesday on the par-71, 7,100-yard Greg Norman Course.
The Aztecs were unable to gain ground in the standings, finishing with a combined 33-over 601 after the 18th annual event was shortened to 36 holes due to high winds on Monday.
In his first varsity start since joining the squad at the semester break, Christian Banke (Danville, Calif.) was SDSU’s top finisher for the week despite slipping 20 places on the individual leaderboard. The Aztec freshman carded a final-round 76 to tie for 33rd at 5-over 147.
Starting at the 10th tee, Banke sank three birdies overall, including an impressive conversion just before the turn on the par-4, 461-yard 18th, which ranked as the fifth-toughest green of the tournament, followed by another drain on his finishing hole, the par-4, 359-yard No. 9. However, six bogeys and one double precipitated his drop.
Conversely, Blake Abercrombie (Rocklin, Calif.) made the biggest gain for the Scarlet and Black, vaulting 20 places into a tie for 46th at 8-over 150 after shooting a team-best 72 over the final 18 holes. The SDSU senior recorded three birdies of his own on the front nine to offset a bogey on his starting hole, the par-4, 415-yard No. 10, but another bogey at No. 1 just after the turn and a double-bogey at the par-3 seventh prevented a steeper ascent.
After an inconsistent start, Samiere played steady golf on the back nine with eight pars against one bogey. Despite an earlier birdie at No. 12, however, double bogeys on holes No. 13 and No. 17 sandwiched around another bogey at the 14th green proved too much to overcome.
On the other hand, Sugimoto carded two birdies at No. 11 and No. 5, but experienced the misfortune of two double bogeys himself on the No. 16 and No. 7 greens, along with four additional bogeys, which stymied his round.
Rounding out the Aztec contingent was Puwit Anupansuebsai (Nakhon Phanom, Thailand), who tumbled five places into a tie for 71st at 13-over 155 courtesy of a final-round 77. After notching a double bogey and bogey on the 12th and 13th greens, the SDSU freshman carded two birdies and two pars on his next four holes, but five bogeys down the stretch thwarted his recovery.
Oklahoma State (-1) edged Pepperdine (E) for the team title, while Oregon (+3) took third, followed closely by LSU (+4) and Stanford (+5).
Individually, Pepperdine’s Clay Feagler shot a final-round 66 to capture medalist honors with a 7-under 135, while Oregon’s Norman Xiong (-6) finished one stroke behind in the runner-up spot, followed by LSU’s Luis Gagne (-4).
The Prestige at PGA West
Team Standings (Top 5 of 16 teams + SDSU)
Individual Leaders (Top 6 of 84 players + SDSU)