By Mady White, Student Assistant for Utah Athletics Communications
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Senior Kyler Dunkle came away with his third top-five finish of the fall on Wednesday at the Saint Mary's Invitational, placing in a tie for fourth overall to lead the Utah men's golf team. Utah's five-man team finished in 12th place at the three-day event at the Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Dunkle closed out the event shooting 2-under par (69) in the final round to notch his third top-five finish of the year out of the five events and the fifth of his career. Dunkle finished the event carding par or better in all three rounds to finish with a combined score of 5-under par (71-68-69=208).
"This was a great tournament for Kyler," said Utah head coach Garrett Clegg. "I am thrilled for how he finished his fall season. As for the rest of the team, we did not finish the fall like we wanted to. We will continue to practice and get better in order to be ready for our spring events."
The Utes posted a final round of 10-over par (294) to slip into 12th overall in the 18-team field. Utah finished with a combined score of 26-over par (292-291-294=878).
Junior Jordan Costello finished in a tie for 56th place with a combined score of 10-over par (71-72-80=223) after a final round of 9-over par (80). Fellow junior Mitchell Schow carded 3-over par (74) on Wednesday to place in a tie for 72nd overall with a 54-hole score of 13-over par (75-77-74=226).
Sophomore Blake Tomlinson finished the event tied for 77th place with a combined score of 14-over par (76-78-73=227). Freshman Axel Einarsson rounded out Utah's five-man team at the Saint Mary's Invitational, finishing tied for 85th place with a three-round score of 17-over par (78-74-78=230).
Playing as an individual this week, redshirt freshman Colton Tanner finished the event tied for 92nd with a combined score of 21-over par (76-84-74=234).
Southern California used a big day to overcome BYU to take home the team title after carding 19-under par in the final round to finish the event at 21-under par (831). BYU (-13) placed second, Pepperdine (-4) finished in third place, while Arizona (-2) and Colorado State (+1) rounded out the top-five teams in fourth and fifth places, respectively.
The Utah men's golf team will open its spring schedule at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikloa, Hawaii. The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 7, and run through Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Waikoloa Kings Course.