FRESNO, Calif. — Ethan Davidson used a career best round of 67 to finish in 24th place and lead the Sacramento State men's golf team at the Nick Watney Invitational on Tuesday.
Davidson's 4-under par round helped the Hornets finish 4-under as a team during the third round. Sacramento State shot 292-284-280-856 to finish in 10th place out of 15 teams. The Hornets were just 4-over par during the tournament but could not keep pace with BYU which won the championship at 30-under par. The Cougars were 16-under on Tuesday and were led by a round of 62 from Rhett Rasmussen.
Davidson started the final round on the 10th hole and jumped out to great start with birdies on the par-3 11th, par-4 15th and par-5 16th. He moved to 5-under with birdies on the par-4 first and second holes and remained there until a bogey on the par-4 fourth. Davidson, however, birdied the par-4 fifth to get back to 5-under before being slowed by bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8. He closed his round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth leaving him at 4-under. His round of 67 broke his previous low of 69 which was set twice last season. He also smashed his 54-hole low by shooting 73-71-67-211, His previous best was 216 at the Big Sky Championship and Nick Watney Invitational last season.
Jeff Carr ranked second on the team at 73-71-70-214 to tie for 30th place. Carr was 2-under at the midway point of his round with birdies on the par-4 13th, 15th and 18th holes a bogey on the par-5 16th. He started the front nine with consecutive bogeys on Nos. 1 and 2 to take him to even par. After six pars, he ended with a birdie on the par-4 ninth.
Casey Leebrick matched Carr's score during the third round and tied for 50th overall at 76-70-71-217. Leebrick opened play with a par on No. 13 and then had bogeys on the next two holes. He returned to even with birdies on the par-5 16th and par-3 17th before back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 1 and 2.The sophomore played his next nine holes at 3-under with birdies on the par-4 fifth, par-5 ninth and par-4 10th. After a par on No. 11, he bogeyed the par-5 12th to finish even.
Joe Fowler matched his 72 from the second round and tied for 53rd place at 74-72-72-218. Fowler started quickly with a birdie on the par-3 10th on his first hole. He added a birdie on No. 13 before his first bogey on No. 14. Fowler then parred is next five holes but moved to 2-over with a double bogey on the par-4 second and a bogey on the par-4 sixth. The sophomore birdied the par-5 ninth to close at 1-over.
Jonathan Tanihana shot 73 while competing as an individual with two birdies and four bogeys. Christian James completed the lineup with a 78.
Sacramento State will next compete at the Bill Cullum Invitational on Oct. 14-15 in Simi Valley, Calif.
NICK WATNEY INVITATIONAL
Fresno, Calif. | Fort Washington CC
Par 71 | 6,729 Yards
1. BYU 281-273-268-822
2. Long Beach State 274-280-273-827
3. San Jose State 280-280-269-829
T4. San Diego 281-279-273-833
T4. Fresno State 283-272-278-833
6. UC Santa Barbara 288-280-278-846
7. Cal State Northridge 280-280-290-850
8. Seattle U 296-286-271-853
9. Pacific 284-282-289-855
10. SACRAMENTO STATE 292-284-280-856
11. Gonzaga 287-294-280-861
12. UC Irvine 296-282-287-865
13. Cal Poly 297-286-285-868
14. Cal Baptist 287-296-290-873
15. UC Riverside 302-301-309-912
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
T1. Peter Kuest, BYU, 68-65-67-200
T1. Hunter Epson, LBSU, 68-64-68-200
3. Rhett Rasmussen, BYU, 73-66-62-201
4. Nathan Cogswell, SU, 72-68-63-203
T5. Joey Vrzich, PEP, 71-68-65-204*
T5. Joshua McCarthy, PEP, 69-69-66-204*
T5. Bryce Wortman, SJSU, 68-70-66-204
T5. Harrison Kingsley, USD, 69-68-67-204
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T24. Ethan Davidson 73-71-67-211
T30. Jeff Carr 73-71-70-214
T50. Casey Leebrick 76-70-71-217
T53. Joe Fowler 74-72-72-218
T57. Jonathan Tanihana 74-72-73-219*
T83. Christian James 72-74-78-224
*Competed as an individual
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September 19, 2019 CASEY LEEBRICK NAMED BIG SKY CO-MEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
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