09 Dec 2021 | 04:48 | Golf
LAHAINA, Hawai’i – Junior Felix Schrott and freshman Nick Fowlkes each posted top-five individual finishes to pace CSUN Men’s Golf to a fourth-place team finish at the conclusion of the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Sunday at Ka’anapali Golf Course.Schrott_Felix_21
The Matadors completed the Fall portion of the 2021-22 schedule with a win (Cullum Invitational) and a pair of fourth-place finishes (Hawai’i, Fresno State) in five events.
Schrott led the Matadors on Sunday, posting his second third-place finish this Fall. The junior from Bolzano, Italy opened the day on the No. 1 tee and was one-under through five holes. Schrott then made eagle at the par-5 6th, the first of his two eagles on the front nine, sending him to the back nine at four-under. A birdie at No. 11 dropped him to five-under where he would remain after making par on his final seven holes.
Schrott, who also finished in a tie for third at Fresno State’s Nick Watney Invitational in September, finished the tournament at 14-under 199 (68-65-66), the CSUN season-low for 54 holes.
Fowlkes also had the best tournament of his young career, finishing tied for fifth at 12-under 201. Fowlkes, the low Matador player through 36 holes, had another eagle and two birdies Sunday to finish at one-under 70. Fowlkes opened the day in a tie for second following rounds of 66-65 Friday and Saturday.
As a team, the Matadors followed up rounds of 279-269 with a final round 278 to finish in a tie with Connecticut at 26-under 826. CSUN’s tournament score is 13 shots better than its previous season-best of 839 set last week at the Pacific Invitational. The Matadors also accomplished the rare feat of having four different players (Schrott, Fowlkes, Gachet, Thomassen) make eagle at the par-5 ninth.
Following Schrott and Fowlkes, senior Blake Brothers had four birdies as he followed up earlier rounds of 72-67 with a final round two-over 73 to finish in a tie for 30 at one-under 212.
Paul-Louis Gachet had an eagle and one birdie on the front nine before playing an error-free back nine on his way to an even-par round of 71. Gachet wound up with rounds of 73-72-71 ro finish tied for 48th at three-over 216.
Paul-Louis Gachet is a shot behind in a tie 53rd at two-over 73 after also posting three birdies and 11 pars.
Eirik Thomassen had an eagle, a birdie and 14 pars in posting his best round of the tournament Sunday with a final round even-par 71. Thomassen wound up tied for 65th at nine-over 222 after rounds of 75-76-71.
Brandon McDonough, competing as an individual, finished with his second consecutive round of five-over 76 to finish tied for 68th at 11-over 224 (72-76-76).
COACH JIM BRACKEN SAID
“This team wants to win and although we got off to a rough start today we battled the rest of the way. We beat one top-40 team (Nevada) and I’m certainly not unhappy with a fourth-place finish today. We had a solid Fall season and I think the guys will stay focused over the Winter months and be motivated to carry over the success they had into the Spring portion of the season.”
CSUN will return to the course Feb. 7 when the Matadors compete at The Joust, hosted by California Baptist in Jurupa Valley.