Sept. 24, 2013
ERIE, Colo. – The Nevada men’s golf team notched its third straight top-five finish to open the season as it took fifth at the Mark Simpson Invitational on Tuesday.
Nevada opened Monday with a team score of 302 at Colorado National Golf Club and then shave two strokes off that in round two and closed Tuesday in round three with a 286. Washington State and the host school Colorado tied for the win at 862 with Oregon State a shot back, Houston Baptist two back and Nevada six shots off the win.
“I continue to be encouraged by the potential and performance of this team,” Nevada coach Jacob Wilner said. “We have been able to put ourselves in position and we have shown the ability to compete and win. It may just be a matter of this team learning how to win.”
Senior Brian Knoll continued his torrid start to the season. He entered the tournament with two straight top-10 finishes and he fired the best score of the final round with a 5-under 67 to vault him from a tie for 36th to a tie for 11th. He tied with junior Nicholas Smits at 8-over 220 for the tournament.
“Brian is playing well right now and our whole team is playing some pretty good golf at this point,” Wilner said. “All five of our guys have been in the top half of the field for the past two tournaments and I’m proud of that kind of consistent play.
Nevada will enjoy a few weeks off before the Herb Wimberly Invitational hosted by New Mexico State Oct. 21-22.