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CSU men make it 5 straight team titles in Ram Masters; 5 Coloradans place in top 10 individually; Dunkle wins at Showdown in the Rockies

by Gary Baines - 9/18/2018

Tuesday proved to be a big day for college golfers with Colorado roots as well as for the Colorado State University men's golf team.

Let's count the ways:

-- The CSU men (pictured in a school photo) won their Ram Masters Invitational team title for the fifth consecutive year at Fort Collins Country Club. On Tuesday, it was by a 14-stroke margin, the third time in the last four seasons the Rams have prevailed by double digits.

-- Four CSU players -- Parathakorn Suyasri, Jake Staiano, Davis Bryant and AJ Ott -- recorded top-10 individual finishes at the Rams Masters. Suyasri placed second, Staiano fifth for the second straight year, Bryant sixth in just his second college event, and Ott ninth.

-- All, told, five Colorado residents finished in the top 10 at Fort Collins CC: Northern Colorado's Coby Welch (third), the University of Denver's Cal McCoy (fourth in his college debut), along with Staiano, Bryant and Ott. McCoy closed with a 66 on Tuesday.

-- And Kyler Dunkle, a longtime Colorado resident until moving away in August, won the individual title on Tuesday at the Showdown in the Rockies tournament in Driggs, Idaho. Dunkle, a University of Utah senior who won the CGA Amateur last month, shot rounds of 66-70-67 for a 13-under-par 203 total, which gave him a two-stroke victory. (Utah also claimed the team championship.)

It marked the second individual college win for Dunkle, who captured the title at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational in Erie a year ago.

Speaking of the Univerisity of Colorado, the Buffs placed eighth as a team at the Showdown in the Rockies. One of CU's players who didn't compete in that event, senior Wilson Belk, teamed with brother-in-law Greg Carlin on Tuesday in Broomfield to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship for the second time.

At the Ram Masters Invitational, CSU finished with a winning 54-hole total of 4-under-par 836, which was 14 strokes better than runner-up Illinois State. DU, in its season debut, placed fourth out of 17 teams at 855, while UNC was fifth at 859.

CSU finished second by a stroke in the first two Ram Masters, but since then the Rams have won the event by four in 2014, by 10 in 2015, by seven in 2016, by 19 last year and by 14 on Tuesday.

While four Rams placed in the top 10 individually, the top spot went to Wyoming's Dan Starzinkski, who won by seven with an 11-under-par 199 total.

Sept. 17-18, 2018 (final) at Par-70 Fort Collins CC
1. (out of 17 teams) Colorado State 281-266-289--836

2. Parathakorn Suyasri 68-66-72--206
5. Jake Staiano 71-65-73--209
6. Davis Bryant 72-67-71--210
9. AJ Ott 72-68-73--211
31. Cullen Plousha 72-71-73--216
Competing Only as Individual
22. Jack Ainscough 71-72-71--214
47. Andrew Lafferty 74-71-75--220
62. Akedanai Ponghathaikul 74-74-75--223
95. Oscar Teiffel 75-70-NC

4. Denver 288-285-282--855
4. Cal McCoy 70-72-66--208
11. Jun Ho Won 74-69-69--212
31. Esteban Missura 72-73-71--216
54. Carson Griggs 74-71-76--221
62. Jackson Solem 72-75-76--223
Competing Only as Individual
31. Eric Hagen 73-72-71--216
54. Roy Kang 71-72-78--221
67. John Sand 75-77-73--225

5. Northern Colorado 288-280-291--855
3. Coby Welch 72-67-68--207
15. Joshua Matz 68-70-75--213
43. Li Chen 73-74-72--219
58. Marcus Tait 77-69-76--222
82. Jack Castiglia 75-78-77--230

15. John Paterson, Colorado 74-68-71--213
62. Andre Leveque, Colorado 73-75-75--223

For complete results, CLICK HERE.

Sept. 17-18, 2018 (final) in Driggs, Idaho

8. (out of 10 teams) Colorado 288-304-288--880
17. Ross Macdonald 73-78-67--218
21. Daniel O'Loughlin 70-75-74--219
32. Cole Krantz 70-78-74--220
35. Trevor Olkowski 75-75-73--223
52. Victor Bjorlow 76-76-81--233
Competing Only as Individual
58. Kristoffer Max 85-73-79--237

1. Coloradan Kyler Dunkle, Utah 66-70-67--203

For complete results, CLICK HERE.

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