September 11, 2012

Freshmen Move SCU Up Leaderboard in Final Round of WSU's Itani Quality Homes Collegiate

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Santa Clara University men's golf team had an outstanding finishing round at Washington State's Itani Quality Homes Collegiate tournament on Tuesday. The Broncos shot a collective 291 – a 21-stroke improvement from SCU's score in round two.

"We are optimistic about the year; we can all shoot pretty low and there is no doubt we'll go out and have more rounds like this," said SCU true freshman Drew Miller, who had five birdies and 10 pars Tuesday to post a 2-under 70. Miller (pictured) was one of four Bronco freshmen making their college debuts this week.

"I hit the ball well, missed a couple of short putts but really limited any mistakes," Miller added. "The team feel right now is great. It was good yesterday to get all the jitters out of the way, plus the wind died down a bit today, which helped. This was a solid course and event to figure out what we need to work on and it will absolutely just keep getting better from here."

Martin Keskari came out and had 15 pars in his first-ever college round Monday morning. The freshman from Frankfurt, Germany, shot rounds of 76, 78 and 74 to tie for 19th overall on the individual leaderboard. He was SCU's top finisher, just one shot better than San Lorenzo native Carlos Briones, who birdied three of five holes to close out the event en route to a final-round 72.

"We were determined to finish strong and I'm really happy with how the guy's approached things today," said SCU head coach Rob Miller. "Carlos is a very good putter, and will find his swing as the year goes on. Martin hits the ball long and once he starts making putts he will post even better scores as well."

The Broncos have consistently been ranked among the nation's top 80 teams during Miller's eight-year tenure as head coach and the young talent should get the team back in the mix for a possible postseason run in the coming years. SCU finished the event seventh in the 11-team field following Tuesday's final-round 291 (+3). 

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Itani Quality Homes Men's Golf Collegiate
Dates (Site): Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 10-11, 2012 (Pullman, Wash.)
Host: Washington State University
Field (11 teams):
Arizona, Boise State, British Columbia, Cal State Fullerton, Gonzaga, Idaho, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Utah and Washington State
Details:
36 holes played Monday and the final 18 holes played Tuesday. First-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Monday, and final round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Course:
Palouse Ridge Golf Club
Yardage/Par: 7,308-yards/Par 72
Course Website: PalouseRidge.wsu.edu
Course Number: (509) 335-4342
Live Scoring:
GolfStat.com