Big Final Round Pushes Lions to Third
Men's golf posts best round of the season and jumps six spots to finish third at The Farms Collegiate Invite.
Feb. 11, 2014
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Paced by Sophomore Connor Campbell and his final round 69 on Tuesday, the LMU men's golf team jumped six spots in the final standings to finish The Farms Collegiate Invitational in third place at The Farms Golf Club on Tuesday afternoon.
The Lions posted a season-best row of 286, second only to tournament host and winner San Diego, in the final round to finish with a three-round 883. Three Lions finished in the top-20 and three newcomers had some new levels of success.
"Last night we talked about being on the verge of playing well as an entire team. We have had some good rounds as individuals, but not all at the same time, but we knew we were close," said Campbell, who finished in a tie for eighth overall with a three-round 218. "We really came together as a team today. It was a good day for us."
Campbell had a bogey-free day, shooting par on nine straight holes while starting the day on the 10th tee. Making the turn to one, he would hit birdie on three of the next four to post the three-under 69.
"I didn't make many mistakes today," said Campbell. "Last night I made a game plan on where I could attack the course and get some birdies, and I followed that plan pretty well. I had a chance at a couple more birdies but didn't hit my putts. But overall, it was a good round."
In addition to his 69, the best round of the 2013-14 season for Campbell, newcomers Blake Meek, Lawrence Ree and Braden Baer had career marks. Meek had the best 52-hole tournament as a Lion, posting a consistent 220 to earn his first top-20 finish at a tie for 13th. He had rounds of 73, 73 and 74.
Joining Meek in the top-20 was senior Tyler Torano, who finished in a tie for 20th with rounds of 74, 75 and 74.
Both Baer and Ree also had their best tournaments while also posting their best rounds as Lions on the final day. Both overcame triple-bogies, Baer on the 15th and Ree on the 10th, to post rounds at par or better. Baer shot a one-under 71 thanks to an error free from nine to finish in a tie for 31st with a 226.
After opening with his triple, Ree didn't make another mistake on the next 17 holes, hitting par on 14 holes and birdie on 14, 18 and 2. He finished with an even par 72 and three-round score of 229 to finish in a tie for 46th.
"We are considered underdogs, but today showed that we are capable of beating anyone as a team," said Campbell. "Blake played really consistent all tournament, while Braden and Lawrence really fought through the tough holes and recovered for a good finish."
The Lions will play at the Desert Intercollegiate hosted by Wyoming at Palm Desert's Classic Club on Feb. 21-23.