The men’s golf team finished in a tie for fourth place on Tuesday at the Paintbrush Invitational in Parker, Colorado. Twelve total teams competed in the two-day tournament held at the Colorado Golf Club.
The team scored a total of 887 points to earn fourth place. Senior Riley Elmes led the Lions, scoring the second lowest score out of all 72 competitors. Elmes shot a strong 68-68-73-209 to earn the runner-up title.
Junior Mason Glinski tied for 15th at the invitational, where he shot a 73-73-74-220. Glinski led the tournament in eagles with two.
Freshmen Kyle Kinnane and Raymond Navis tied for 39th and 44th, respectively. Kinnane shot a 77-79-73-229 and Navis was not far behind, scoring a 77-74-79-230. Redshirt junior Michael Mozilo shot a 79-83-78-240 for 65th place.
Elmes was happy with the team’s performance this week after seeing the Lions struggle during the early part of the season.
“Looking at our our last two tournaments, we didn’t play well,” said Elmes. “I could see in [Coach D’Amore’s] expressions that he was definitely happy we finished higher up this time.”
The Lions’ strong result is especially significant considering they were forced to fight through some difficulties during the tournament. On the last day of play, it began to snow, so the team had to build around those weather conditions.
The course itself was also challenging. “A key was staying patient and waiting for opportunities because I knew there were a lot of birdie holes out there,” said Elmes. “But you just have to kind of lay back on a few where you couldn’t be so aggressive and kind of take your par and move on and get to the next hole.”
While the men performed well in Colorado, there is still room for improvement. Elmes said the team’s biggest hole is the need for a “higher IQ on the golf course.” Elmes said the team should focus on “limiting those big mistakes which can really destroy your confidence, whether it be on the green or off the tee.”
Though the Lions are content with their result, they are hungry for victory and are looking forward to the next invitational.
“Before our last round, we had a shot to compete for the title,” said Elmes of the men’s result. “Some things didn’t go our way, but we have the tournament coming up in Hawaii that we can use to channel what we learned [in Colorado].”
The Lions will travel to Kauai, Hawaii on Oct. 28-30 for the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. Their following invitational will be held on January 28-29 in Tucson, Arizona.