HONOLULU, Hawaii The University of Nevada men’s golf team finished in 17th place at the John Burns Intercollegiate, held Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 20-22 at the par 72, 6,917-yard Leilehua Golf Course at Scholfield Barracks, O’ahu.
Nevada turned in a three-over 291 in Friday’s final round and finished 17th with a three-round total of two-over 866 (292-283-291). Auburn won the 21-team John Burns Intercollegiate, carding a 22-under 269 on Friday to finish with a three-day total of 44-under 820 (278-273-269). The Tigers turned in an 11-stroke victory over second-place Texas A&M (831), while UNLV (832), San Diego State (835) and SMU (841) rounded out the top five teams.
For Nevada, redshirt freshman Scott Smith led the team with a tie for 34th. A day after carding a career-best, six-under 66, he shot a one-over 73 in the final round and finished with a three-day total of four-under 212 (73-66-73). Sophomore Jared Becher turned in the best round of the day for Nevada with a two-under 70 on Friday and ended up in a tie for 65th at two-over 218 (75-73-70). Sophomore Taylor Coffman tied for 70th at three-over 219 (73-72-74), while senior Chase Cooper finished in a tie for 78th at four-under 220 (71-73-76). Sophomore Ryan Hallisey rounded out the Wolf Pack lineup with a tie for 82nd (75-72-74=221).
California’s Stephen Hale captured individual medalist honors after shooting five-under 67s in each round for a total of 15-under 201. He earned a two-stroke win over Texas A&M’s Bronson Burgoon and UTEP’s Herbert Day who each finished at 13-under 203.
Nevada returns to action in two weeks, traveling to Fresno, Calif., for a pair of events. The team will take on Fresno State in a dual match on March 8 at the Riverbend Golf Course, while the Wolf Pack will compete in the Fresno Lexus Classic on March 10-11 at the Belmont Country Club.