By Steve Johnson, Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University
(GOODYEAR, Ariz. – April 3, 2018) Dixie State’s men’s golf team broke the program’s 54-hole scoring record and tied two other records Tuesday as the Trailblazers rallied to win 2018 Western New Mexico Mustang Intercollegiate played at the par-72 Palm Valley Golf Club. The team victory is the Trailblazers’ second of the season and the sixth-consecutive top-three result overall, while the win is DSU’s ninth title overall in the program’s NCAA-era.
The Trailblazers, who entered Tuesday’s final round in a three-way tie for third place, were locked in a three-team battle with Colorado School of Mines and Colorado-Colorado Springs throughout the day. However thanks to a school-record tying 13-under 275, including three-under par over the final three holes combined, DSU (277-287-275) won the event with a school record-breaking 54-hole score of minus-25 839. CSM (280-283-278-841, -23) wound up in second place, followed by UCCS (272-287-286-845, -19) in a tie for third with Western Washington (284-284-277-845, -19).
Junior Nicklaus Britt led the Trailblazer efffort as he rolled in a career-high 10 birdies on his way to his career and DSU school-record tying 9-under 63 to finish tied atop the player leaderboard at minus-12 204 with UCCS player Jack Duguid. Britt, who started the day tied for 16th-overall, then capped off the day by defeating Duguid with a par on the first playoff hole to capture his first collegiate individual tournament title.
Britt (71-70-63) penciled in birdies on four of his first five holes and had six birdies on his opening nine to make the turn at 5-under 31. He then collected four more birdies, including birdies on 17 and 18, which helped salt away the Trailblazer victory. Britt’s 63 tied his previous career-best round set during the second round of the 2017 Pacific West Conference Championships, while his 204 54-hole score is the second-best score the program’s four-year era, behind only his 202 set at the PacWest Championships last year.
Senior Dalton Stanger (67-74-71) also enjoyed a hot start as he birdied five of his first eight holes on his way to a 1-under 71 to finish tied with five others for 18th-place at minus-4 212, while freshman Landon Anderson (68-78-69) fired a 3-under 69 with five birdies to place t-28 at minus-1 215. Fellow freshman Spencer Wallace (74-72-72) carded four birdies on his final loop to post his second-straight even par 72 to tie with eight others at plus-2 218, and sophomore Jayce Frampton (71-71-77) finished t-53rd at plus-3 219.
“I’m really excited for the guys – they played great all week,” DSU Head Coach Brad Sutterfield said. “I’ve been seeing this coming and I knew it was just a matter of time where we would break through because we’ve been playing good all spring. We just had not put it all together as a team at one time, until this week and everyone contributed.
“I am really proud of our freshmen [Anderson and Wallace] and obviously I’m really proud of Nick [Britt] for getting his first win and shooting an unbelievable 63,” Sutterfield added. “[Jayce] Frampton’s first two rounds got us in position and [Dalton] Stanger got off to a great start today and battled back. Overall it was just a fun win and I’m excited for the team and the work they all put in.”
Dixie State will now enjoy a three-week break from competition to prepare for its final league appearance at the 2018 Pacific West Conference Men’s Golf Championships, which will be held April 23-25, at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz.