Joseph Hovey | Posted: 24 Apr 2021 | Updated: 5 May 2021

Lundell takes first, men's golf third at Cougar Classic

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Carson Lundell at 2021 Cougar Classic
(Left to right) Tim Widing of San Francisco and Carson Lundell of BYU - 2021 Cougar Classic co-champions - credit Fairways Media/Randy Dodson Brock Goyen at 2021 Cougar Classic Max Brenchley at 2021 Cougar Classic Cole Ponich at 2021 Cougar Classic Kelton Hirsch at 2021 Cougar Classic David Timmins takes aim at 2021 Cougar Classic Austin Banz at 2021 Cougar Classic Brock Stanger at 2021 Cougar Classic

 

PROVO, Utah – Four Cougars, including co-champion Carson Lundell, scored under-par as the men’s golf team took third at the 56th annual PING Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club on Saturday.

“It was fun to see what these guys did this week,” said head coach Bruce Brockbank. “It was great to see Carson win again and Cole Ponich score well today. Everybody stepped up for a good team effort.”

Lundell had three birdies and an eagle in the second round to post his best score of the tournament at 5-under 67. He entered the third and final round on Saturday tied with Hugo Townsend of Boise State and trailing leader Tim Widing of San Francisco by a shot.

Lundell pulled ahead of Townsend in the third round with five birdies and went toe-to-toe with Widing down the stretch. The 54-hole tournament wrapped up with Lundell and Widing tied at 13-under 203. The two were declared co-champions.

“It feels good to have this success,” said Lundell. “I played pretty solid all week.”

Lundell has now taken first in back-to-back tournaments, with a total of three wins on the season. The junior from Alpine, Utah previously finished first at the Nick Watney Invitational on Feb. 8-9 and at the Western Intercollegiate on April 12-14.

The Cougars posted a second top-15 finisher in Cole Ponich who shot 210 to tie for 12th. The sophomore from Farmington, Utah improved his score each day with rounds of 73-71, followed by 6-under 66 in the final round. Ponich’s Saturday round included six birdies and 12 pars and gave him a new career-best single-round score.

David Timmins finished with a 3-under 213, while Kelton Hirsch finished at 218 and Elijah Turner posted a 220 to round out the BYU scoring.

No. 28 ranked San Francisco secured the team championship with a three-round total of 41-under 274-282-267—823. The win gives the Dons their fourth tournament title in six events this season.

Boise State posted a 54-hole total of 281-285-270—836 to finish second. The Cougars were third, five shots ahead of No. 29 New Mexico who sot 843. Former MWC foe Colorado State finished fifth at 845, with Utah sixth at 847. WCC foe St. Mary’s finished seventh at 852.

BYU’s second team in the Cougar Classic field finished 13th out of 20 teams with a three-round total of 279-300-284—863. The Cougar second team was led by Brock Goyen at 214 and Max Brenchley at 216, with Keanu Akina at 218, Brock Stanger at 221 and Austin Banz at 223.

The Cougar Classic concludes the men's golf team regular season schedule. BYU now prepares to battle for the WCC men’s golf championship at Reflection Bay Golf Course in Henderson, Nevada on April 29-May 1.

 

2021 PING Cougar Classic | Final Team Standings 

Position Team R1 R2 R3 Total To Par
1 No. 28 San Francisco 274 282 267 823 -41
2 Boise State 281 285 270 836 -28
3 BYU 276 288 274 838 -26
4 No. 29 New Mexico 279 283 281 843 -21
5 Colorado State 281 282 282 845 -19
6 Utah 279 290 278 847 -17
7 St. Mary's 279 290 283 852 -12
T8 Wyoming 284 290 279 853 -11
T8 Denver 284 292 277 853 -11
10 Nevada 285 295 277 857 -7
11 UNLV 287 296 277 860 -4
12 San Diego 285 297 279 861 -3
13 BYU (B) 279 300 284 863 -1
14 Loyola Marymount 290 290 284 864 E
15 Santa Clara 292 295 280 867 +3
T16 New Mexico State 291 298 293 882 +18
T16 Dixie State 295 299 288 882 +18
18 UVU 294 299 301 894 +30
19 Gonzaga 288 316 296 900 +36
20 Air Force 298 315 295 908 +44

 2021 PING Cougar Classic | Final Individual Top-5

Position Player Team R1 R2 R3 Total To Par
T1 Carson Lundell BYU 68 67 68 203 -13
T1 Tim Widing San Francisco 67 67 69 203 -13
3 Soren Lind San Francisco 70 67 67 204 -12
4 Hugo Townsend Boise State 69 66 70 205 -11
T5 Bastien Amat New Mexico 72 69 66 207 -9
T5 Jack Trent UNLV 68 69 70 207 -9

 BYU Individual Results

Position Player R1 R2 R3 Total To Par
T1 Carson Lundell 68 67 68 203 -13
T12 Cole Ponich 73 71 66 210 -6
T25 David Timmins 68 75 70 213 -3
T51 Kelton Hirsch 69 75 74 218 +2
T60 Elijah Turner 71 79 70 220 +4

 BYU-Team 2 Individual Results

Position Player R1 R2 R3 Total To Par
T32 Brock Goyen 70 74 70 214 -2
T42 Max Brenchley 69 75 72 216 E
T51 Keanu Akina 71 77 70 218 +2
T68 Brock Stanger 69 75 77 221 +5
T79 Austin Banz 75 76 72 223 +7

 

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