Aztecs' Christian Banke ties for 16th individually
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March 26, 2019 (Creswell, Ore.) - The San Diego State men’s golf team climbed one notch into eighth place at the Duck Invitational after shooting a combined 7-over-par 295 on Tuesday during the final round at the par-72, 7,145-yard Emerald Valley Golf Club.
With their score, the Aztecs completed their fifth tournament of the spring and third straight in March with a 54-hole total of 27-over 891, finishing seven strokes behind Mountain West rival Nevada (+20) for fifth place, while another conference foe San José State (+21) took sixth, followed by San Francisco (+25).
Four of the five SDSU starters made gains on the individual leaderboard as well, including Christian Banke (Danville, Calif.), who jumped eight places into a tie for 16th a 4-over 220 after shooting a final-round 73. The Aztec sophomore drained consecutive birdies after the turn on the par-3 No. 2 and the par-5 No. 3 to secure his second top-20 placement this spring and third of the season.
In addition, Puwit Anupansuebsai (Nakhon Phanom, Thailand) and Steve Sugimoto (San Diego, Calif.) matched their fellow classmate with a 73 of their own on Tuesday.
Like Banke, Anupansuebsai eased the sting of four bogeys with two birdies as well, including an impressive conversion on the par-4, 405-yard No. 4, which ranked as the fifth-toughest hole of the tournament. The SDSU sophomore, who made a team-leading 37 pars for the week, added 13 more on Tuesday to move up seven spots into a tie for 29th at 6-over 222.
Sugimoto, meanwhile, made the Aztecs’ biggest leap of the afternoon, vaulting 14 places into a tie for 38th at 9-over 225. Among the highlights for the Rancho Bernardo High alumnus was the second of his two birdies at the par-4, 440-yard No. 16, which ranked as the fourth-most difficult hole of the week.
On the flip side, Leo Oyo (Tokyo, Japan) was not as fortunate, slipping 13 spots into a tie for 56th at 13-over 229 thanks to a second consecutive 79. The SDSU freshman made eagle on the par-5 No. 3, but it wasn’t enough to ease the sting of seven bogeys and one double bogey.
Rounding out the Aztec delegation was Joey Moore (Billings, Mont.), who made a modest gain of five places into a tie for 67th at 16-over 232 after carding a 76. After recording four bogeys on his first six holes, the SDSU freshman play spot-free golf through the turn, notching eight pars to go with birdies on the second and seventh greens. However, bogeys on his two finishing holes prevented a steeper ascent.
Oregon State (-3) was the lone school to compile a red figure as a team on Tuesday, firing a collective 4-under 284 to capture the team title by 10 strokes over intrastate adversary Oregon (+7), while Boise State (+11) landed in the third spot, followed by Seattle University (+18).
The Ducks’ Ryan Gronlund (-5) edged Cameron Kaneko of Hawai’i (-4) for medalist honors, while Oregon State’s Nolan Thoroughgood (-2) climbed nine places into third.
San Diego State will have one final tune-up before the Mountain West Championship when it travels to the Santa Cruz region for the historic Western Intercollegiate April 15-17 at Pasatiempo Golf Club. The 73rd tournament will be aired live on the Golf Channel all three days.
Emerald Valley G.C.
Par 72, 7,145 yards
Team Standings (Top 5 of 16 teams)
1. Oregon State 292-285-284—861 (-3)
3. Boise State
8. San Diego State 295-301-295—891 (+27)
Individual Leaders (Top 7 of 88 players + SDSU)
1. Ryan Gronlund, Oregon 70-72-69—211 (-5)
2. Cameron Kaneko, Hawai’i 71-69-72—212 (-4)
3. Nolan Thoroughgood, Oregon State 73-72-69—214 (-2)
4. Sam Meek, Nevada
T5. Kevin Velo, San José State 72-72-72—216 (E)
T5. Toby Briggs, San Francisco 77-68-71—216 (E)
T5. Skylar Eubank, Boise State 75-71-70—216 (E)
T16. Christian Banke, SDSU 73-74-73—220 (+4)
T29. Puwit Anupansuebsai, SDSU 73-76-73—222 (+6)
T38. Steve Sugimoto, SDSU 78-74-73—225 (+9)
T56. Leo Oyo, SDSU
T67. Joey Moore, SDSU