The Paw Print
Young faces and new names fill the Adam’s State men’s golf program. Eleven freshmen fill the roster on the team, as well as adding one sophomore, junior and senior.
Also, the team is not made of just Colorado natives, but individuals from all over the globe. . “I came to Adams State for the experience and I would benefit from the early playing time,” said freshman Preston Nutt form Farmington, New Mexico.
Coach Bryce Bervig has added four internationals to his young program: Tom Bowen from Buckinghamshire, England, Alex Leech from British Columbia, Tom Longman from Melbourne, Australia, and Javier Villanueva from Atizipan, Mexico.
The golf program started their long season on Sept. 7 and 8 at the Grizzly Kick Starter with an A team third place finish and a B team fourth place finish. Freshman Javier Villanueva led the
A team with a fourth place finish over all and a score of 146 with a four over par. Chase Gardner of the B team tied with Villanueva in fourth place with a replicate score. The single best round would be Preston Nutt with a score of 71 on the second day of competition.
Fort Lewis took the victory in the competition with an overall score of 575 points with Dominican (CA) coming in a casual second with 599 points. The A team finished with a score of 602 points and the B team coming in second with a close 606 points.
Sept. 10 and 11 the Grizzly golf team traveled to the La Veta, Colo. to compete at the Peaks Classic. Tom Longman led the team in a tie for fourteenth place with a score of 224, shooting a 75,78, and 72.
Greg Fierro was the second man for the five man squad in a tie at 36th place with 238 points. Javier Villanueva tied for 39th place with a score of 240.
Chase Gardner took 41st place with 241 points and Preston Nutt was the fifth man and 45th place with 247 points. The team finished overall 8th place with 936 points.
The team will be competing on Sept. 24 and 25 at the RMAC #2 event in Lakewood, Colorado held by Colorado School of the Mines. Even though it is nowhere near the championship portion of the season, this is just a purely RMAC competition.
Coming up on Oct. 8 and 9, West Texas A&M will be holding the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational.
“The team will be holding a two qualifying rounds on this upcoming Thursday and Friday at 2:30 to see which five members will make the traveling team,” said Tom Longman, “and it will also be played Ryder Cup Style (International team members vs. American team members).
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference golf championship will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on April 22 and 23. The last time the Grizzly golf program took home the RMAC championship was in 2002. They will be trying to change that over the next number of years with this young group of guys.