San Diego The San Diego State men’s golf team continues its fall portion of the 2022-23 schedule this weekend as it travels to compete at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, September 23-24, at the UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The 54-hole event will be contested over two days with two rounds scheduled for Friday, starting at 7:30 a.m. GMT (6:30 a.m. PT), with the final round starting at 7:30 a.m. GMT (6: 30AM PDT) on Saturday based on the results of the first two rounds.
It will be joined by Aztecs and host Lobos Brigham Young, Colorado, Denver, Hawaii, Loyola Marymount, Nebraska, New Mexico State, North Texas, Northern Illinois, San Francisco, San Diego, TCU, UNLV, Utah Tech, UTEP, UTSA and Wyoming, and individuals from Texas .
SDSU coach Ryan Donovan Running with a similar lineup to the opening two weeks ago, when she finished eighth on the 18-team loaded stadium at Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Arizona. This week on the 72-foot by 7,546-yard UNM Championship course, Donovan will introduce a sophomore chia null (Jamul, CA/Steel Canyon HS), Senior Youssef Ghazal (San Diego/La Jolla HS), student Justin Hastings (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands), and new students Dylan Oyama (Carlsbad, CA / Pacific Ridge HS) and Tyler Kwak (Del Mar, CA / Torrey Pines HS). Kowack is the only new player at the start of San Diego State, when he was a freshman Shancheon (Bangkok, Thailand) Compete as an individual in a field of 104 players.
At Maui Jim Intercollegiate, the Aztecs had 24 cards below 816, highlighted by a low school record of 261 (-19) in the second round. Lague finished in a three-way tie for fifth out of 90 golfers to lead SDSU in 12 under 198, tied with Puwit Anupansuebsai (2019 Bill Cullum Invitational), JJ Spaun (2012 NCAA Stanford Regional) and Todd Baek (2010 Alister Mackenzie Invitational) for the second lowest recorded 54-hole score in the program’s history.
Meanwhile, Gazelle and Hastings tied for 31st at 3-under. Guezzale tied the record 62 (-8) in the second round with an eagle, seven birds and a lone ghost. The 62 tied Alex Kang (2010’s Aleister Mackenzie Invitational) and Mark Warman (2003’s US Intercollegiate) for the lowest San Diego state scores in recorded history. Hastings’ best round was also second with a group drop of 67.
Competing in their first team tournament, Oyama and Shancheon He finished tied for 44th and 51st, respectively, at 1-under 209 and 210 tied.
Playing in Maui Jim Individual’s Desert Mountain Outlaw Course, Kowack tied for fourth out of 37 players at 8-under 208, while Jack Townsend (San Diego/San Diego Charter School) finished 30th in the 9-over 225.
The Crimson and Black will compete at the Tucker Intercollegiate for the 13th time in the last 16 years – but for the first time since 2019 – while appearing 18th overall. In 2019, SDSU finished fourth out of 16 teams in the 2-under 862, eight strokes behind team champion New Mexico. None of the current Aztecs played a collegiate round in the UNM Championship Tour.
The Tucker Intercollegiate, named in honor of former University of New Mexico guard William H. Tucker, is the second oldest men’s college championship in the country after the New England Intercollegiate. Previous individual contenders are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tommy Armor III, Tim Heron, Duffy Waldorf, Knott PJ and Matt Kochar.
San Diego State has twice won the Tucker Intercollegiate in recent years, raising the awards in 2010 and 2016 to match runner-up efforts in 2007 and 2009. In 2016, the Aztecs recorded an overall win of 1-under 863 ahead of Colorado State ( +9) and BYU (+14), backed by BJ Summers (-2) fourth place. Meanwhile in 2010, Scarlett and Black recovered from a seven-stroke deficit during the final round to outlast North Texas by one stroke.
After this weekend’s event, the Aztecs will have a 16-day hiatus before making the trip to the Wolf Pack Intercollegiate at Hidden Valley CC in Reno, Nevada.