BYU to Host PING Cougar Classic
PROVO, Utah –For the 50th consecutive year, the BYU men’s golf team will host the annual PING Cougar Classic at the Riverside Country Club in Provo on April 27-28.
The eight-team field includes Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, UNLV, Southern Utah, Utah State and Wyoming. The Cougars are coming off a third-place finish at the West Coast Conference Championships. This tournament concludes the end of the regular season for BYU.
In 2011 the Cougars finished sixth, 14 strokes behind two-time defending champion Colorado State. Junior Zac Blair was the top Cougar finisher, carding a tournament total of 205 (-11) to win the individual tournament title. After shooting a 3-under 140 in the first two rounds, Blair shot a blistering 7-under 65 final round to win by one stroke.
Since the tournament’s inception in 1963, BYU has won the team championship 33 times, including 20 consecutive titles from 1969-1988.
Prior to Blair last year, the previous individual champion for BYU was Daniel Summerhays in 2007 who defeated teammate Jake Ellison by one stroke.
Rounds one and two will be played Friday, Apr. 27 with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. MT. The final 18 holes will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 28. Each round can be followed live by visiting www.golfstat.com.
Cougar Classic Records Individual 54-hole total: 201, (69-69-63) Andy Miller, BYU, 2000 Best 1st Round: 64, Johnny Miller, BYU, 1968 Best 2nd Round: 64, Nick Becker, BYU, 2005 Best 3rd Round: 63, Brent Franklin, BYU, 1985 63, Andy Miller, BYU, 2000 Team Record Five Golfers: 820, Fresno State, 2005 (Mark Mogdlin, Ryan Carter, Brian Kelley, Jon Rosa, Ryan McDonald) BYU Team Record Five Golfers: 821, BYU, 2000 (Andy Miller, Manuel Merizalde, Scott Miller, Jose Garrido, Billy Harvey)
BYU sophomore Zach Jones’ career rounds (65-69-66—200) secured his first collegiate win at the Arizona Thunderbirds…