MADERA, Calif. — Sacramento State freshman Ethan Davidson recorded the best round of his young collegiate career, finishing with a 1-under round of 71 on Tuesday at the Nick Watney Invitational at Dragonfly Golf Course. The Hornets were 4-over par as a team during the third round and finished in eighth place with a total of 292-290-292-874.
Davidson started his round with consecutive bogeys on the par-4 10th and 11th. He made the turn at 1-over following a birdie on the par-5 13th and seven pars on the back side of the course. The Calabasas, Calif., native then rolled off three birdies on the first six holes on the front side to drop to 2-under. Davidson started the streak on the par-4 first and added birdies on the par-4 fourth and par-5 sixth. A triple bogey on the par-4 seventh was the lone blemish on the front nine and was immediately followed by birdies on the par-4 eighth and ninth to take back into the red. Davidson concluded the tournament at 72-74-71-217 to finish 1-over par.
Jeff Carr matched Davidson's total and the pair tied for 25th place overall. On Tuesday, Carr was 1-under through his first nine holes with a bogey on the par-4 11th and birdies on Nos. 13 and 14. He bogeyed the par-4 first to move back to even and remained there for the rest of the round with eight consecutive pars. His 54-hole total of 217 beat his previous best by four strokes at Sacramento State.
Landon Azevedo was 2-over during the final round and finished tied for 33rd at 70-75-74-219. He started the third round with a par on the ninth hole and moved to 1-over with a bogey on No. 11. The senior eagled the 542-yard par-5 13th to move to 1-under only to have a double bogey on the par-4 15th. After jumping to 3-over, Azevedo birdied the par-5 second and sixth but ended his day with a bogey on the par-4 eighth.
Freshman Riley Bell concluded the tournament with a total of 75 and tied for 49th (78-71-75-224). Bell got off to a quick start with birdies on the par-3 12th and par-4 13th. He was even at the midway point of his round before a double bogey on No. 2 and a bogey on No. 3 took him to 3-over. He birdied two of his final five holes but also had a pair of bogeys in that stretch.
Eric Olsem completed the lineup and tied for 56th place at 76-74-77-227. Olsem had four birdies in the round, including ending with one on the par-4 11th. He also had three bogeys, a double bogey and a quadruple bogey in the round.
Freshman Joe Fowler competed as an individual and shot 71-72-74-217 to tie for 25th place. On Tuesday, Fowler opened with a bogey on No. 18 and then parred the next nine holes. He dropped below par with birdies on the par-4 10th and 11th but added bogeys on the next two holes. He also bogeyed the par-4 16th to leave him at 2-over par for the round.
Nevada withstood a furious charge by BYU to win the team title. The Wolf Pack finished at 30-under par as a team and edged the Cougars by one stroke. BYU was 16-under during the third round and nearly erased its 11-stroke deficit. Nevada's Joey Vrzich was the medalist at 66-66-70-202.
Sacramento State will next compete at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational at Stockton Country Club on Oct. 25-27.
NICK WATNEY INVITATIONAL
Madera, Calif. // Dragonfly GC
Par 72 // 7,389 Yards
1. Nevada 276-276-282-834
2. BYU 285-278-272-835
3. UC Santa Barbara 284-287-281-852
4. Seattle U 291-283-279-853
5. UC Irvine 288-290-286-864
6. Fresno State 302-282-283-867
7. Cal State Northridge 294-284-293-871
8. SACRAMENTO STATE 292-290-292-874
9. Cal Poly 294-301-285-880
10. Gonzaga 284-304-296-884
11. Pacific 295-296-294-885
12. UC Riverside 307-298-291-896
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Joey Vrzich, NEV, 66-66-70-202
2. Carson Lundell, BYU, 70-69-65-204
3. Rhett Rasmussen, BYU, 70-66-69-205
4. Nathan Cogswell, SU, 72-68-66-206
5. Sam Meek, NEV, 66-73-69-208
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T25. Ethan Davidson 72-74-71-217
T25. Jeff Carr 74-71-72-217
T25. Joe Fowler 71-72-74-217*
T33. Landon Azevedo 70-75-74-219
T49. Riley Bell 78-71-75-224
T56. Eric Olsem 76-74-77-227
* Completed as an individual
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