Joseph Hovey | Posted: 14 Apr 2021 | Updated: 30 Apr 2021

Lundell finishes runner-up, BYU 5th at Western Intercollegiate

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Lundell at Rustic Canyon

 

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Carson Lundell finished in a three-way individual tie at the conclusion of the final round at the Western Intercollegiate, but came up just short on the fourth playoff hole finishing runner-up to Joe Highsmith of Pepperdine.

“Lundell played some awesome golf this week,” said head coach Bruce Brockbank. “This is such a tricky course and he played incredible even though he came up just a little short in the playoff.”

While Lundell held the 36-hole lead heading into the final round, he got off to a rough start with three bogies over the first four holes. The junior from Alpine, Utah recovered over the final 13 holes making three birdies to force a three-way playoff with Highsmith and Puwit Anupansuebsai from San Diego State.

The trio played the first two holes of the playoff at even before an errant tee shoot on the third hole knocked Anupansuebsai out of contention. When Lundell’s 7-foot par putt on the fourth playoff hole slid just by the hole Highsmith tapped in for the win.

Lundell finished the tournament with a three-round total of 5-under 68-66-72—205 and tied for second with Anupansuebsai. He leaves Pasatiempo Golf Course with his third top-3 finish of the season and fourth of his career.

Kelton Hirsch gave the Cougars two top-25 finishers as he tied for 23rd with a three-round score of 6-over 69-73-74—216.

Cole Ponich and David Timmins each recorded 220 for the tournament while Keanu Akina and Max Brenchley finished with 221 and 225, respectively.

As the team the Cougars posted a 54-hole total of 1077, giving BYU its third top-5 finish of the season. No. 7 ranked Pepperdine won the tournament at 1046, while Stanford was second at 1057. No. 23 San Diego State finished third at 1070, with Washington in fourth at 1074 and BYU fifth at 1077. Each of the four teams finishing ahead of the Cougars are ranked in the top-50 nationally.

“I thought the guys did a pretty good job this week,” said Brockbank. “The second round showed what we’re capable of and gave us some momentum moving forward.”

BYU returns to Provo where it will host the PING Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club on April 23-24.

 

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Finish Player Team R1 R2 R3 Total To Par
1 Joe Highsmith No. 7 Pepperdine 72 66 67 205 -5
T1 Carson Lundell BYU 68 66 71 205 -5
T1 Puwit Anupansuebsai No. 23 San Diego St. 69 70 66 205 -5
T4 Clay Feagler Pepperdine 72 70 66 208 -2
T4 Derek Hitchner Pepperdine 69 71 68 208 -2

 

BYU RESULTS

Finish Player R1 R2 R3 Total To Par
T1 Carson Lundell 68 66 72 205 -5
T23 Kelton Hirsch 69 73 74 216 +6
T48 Cole Ponich 76 70 74 220 +10
T48 David Timmins 74 71 75 220 +10
T53 Keanu Akina 74 70 77 221 +11
T64 Max Brenchley 76 77 72 225 +15

 

TEAM RESULTS

Finish Team R1 R2 R3 Total To Par
1 No. 7 Pepperdine 354 348 344 1046 -4
2 Stanford 358 352 347 1057 +7
3 No. 23 San Diego State 367 355 348 1070 +20
4 Washington 350 358 366 1074 +24
5 BYU 361 350 366 1077 +27

 

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