BYU alumni golfers come in second in inaugural University Cup
They came from various places in life, with two common ties to bind them together:
Golf and their university experiences.
More than 50 golfers representing all seven Division I men’s golf programs in the state of Utah gathered at Sand Hollow golf course in Hurricane on Tuesday to compete in the inaugural University Cup.
The team of Cougar alumni were led by Nick Killpack, Peter Kuest, Rhett Rasmussen, Austen Christiansen and CJ Lee, while Clay Ogden, Spencer Dunaway and Weston Maughan also participated.
While BYU managed a solid 18-under-par with its top five scores, it wasn’t enough to stay with the team of Utah Ute alumni, which fired a 26-under-par to win the event.
Former Utah golfer Brandon Kida had the best round of the day, making 10 birdies and two bogeys on his way to a 64 (8-under-par).
The Cougars were paced by a 67 (5-under-par) from Kuest, who had a bogey-free round. He tallied birdies on three of the four par-5 holes, while also getting birdies on No. 14 and No. 16.
Killpack, Christiansen and Rasmussen all shot 68 (4-under-par).
UVU also had a team of eight golfers at the event: Clark Rustand, Ryan Ellis, Carl Jensen, Darrin Overson, Steve Borget, Nick Nelson, Ryan Cullimore and Tadd Cox.
Rustand paced the Wolverine alumni after starting the day with a double-bogey followed by an eagle. He ended up with a 70 (2-under-par) for the tournament.
The UVU squad finished in sixth place with a team score of 9-over-par.
The event was organized to provide an opportunity for golfers to represent their former schools and provide funds for college golf. The plan is for it to become an annual event as part of Sand Hollow Golf Week.