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Seawolves finish fifth in Shootout

By Chris Thoma
On April 9, 2012

The Seawolves traveled down south last week to compete at the Skyhawk Desert Shootout at Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. The Seawolves finished fifth overall after three rounds behind a fourth place individual finish from freshman Kyle Listar, who shot 80-75-72 in three rounds to give him a final score of 227.

"The main part to my success in the tournament was that I was striking the ball really well," said Listar. "I didn't have too many mistakes throughout the tournament and I just never gave up on myself."

In the first two rounds on Monday, Listar came out swinging, shooting the best of any Seawolf, finishing the day with scores of 80 and 75 in two rounds to put him eighth on the leaderboard after day one. Listar was followed closely by teammates Kord Tagley and Steven Warne, who ended Monday just four strokes behind him with a score of 159 which tied them both for 19th place. Junior Alex Marry, who won the CCAA men's golfer of the week honor at the Seawolves' last tournament, started this week a little slower. Marry fired a 78 and an 82, leaving him with a final score of 160 on Monday and putting him in 27th place. The Seawolves as a team sat in fifth place after two rounds at the Skyhawk Desert Shootout. Sonoma sat just four strokes back from first place Notre Dame de Namur as they headed into final round action on Tuesday.

Listar came out on Tuesday again ready to play and turned in another solid round with his lowest and final round scoring a 72. Listar tied for a fourth place finish in the tournament and the freshman got his first top five finish in his short career as a Seawolf.

"It feels really good to get a good finish in a tournament,' said Listar. "It gives me and my team confidence going into next week's tournament."

Listar's tournament total of 227 was just two strokes behind the first place individual medalist, Eddie DeLashmutt of Colorado-Colorado Springs. After a slow start on Monday, Marry stepped up his game and shot a 73 on Tuesday's final round to move him all the way up to 15th place overall finish. He tied with teammate Steven Warne, who also shot a tournament total of 233. Kord Tagley placed 30th for the Seawolves with scores of  80-79-80, leaving him with a tournament total of 239, and freshman Eric Ash finished 37th in the Shootout with a final score of 244.

Colorado-Colorado Springs won the tournament with a final round of 914. They beat second place UC San Diego by eight strokes (922). South Mountain Community College finished in third with a team score of 924. Colorado Mesa University followed behind them placing fourth scoring a 930. Sonoma State rounded out the top five with a fifth place team finish of 931 at the tournament.

The Seawolves will have a week off before resuming play in two weeks at the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational in Turlock. This will also be their final tournament before entering the postseason. 

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