BYU junior golfer Peter Kuest said after Saturday’s final round of the 2019 Ping Cougar Classic men’s college golf tournament at Riverside Country Club in Provo that he didn’t achieve all of his goals.
No bogeys in the final round? Nope.
20-under-par for the three-round tournament? Nope.
Don’t feel too bad for the BYU star, though, because he did manage to card a 17-under-par, setting an unofficial tournament record with his final tally of 199.
“It was a good round,” Kuest said. “It comes with hard work and preparation before the event. When you are in the event, you try to stay in the present and take it one shot at a time — then add it up at the end.”
His final-round 69 (3-under-par) went with his first-round 64 (8-under-par) and second-round 66 (6-under-par) to give him medalist honors by an impressive eight strokes.
“We don’t know what the record is but we think he broke it,” Cougar head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “That speaks volumes for him. He’s had an incredible year. To be one of the top players in the country is so difficult and he’s been there all year long.”
Kuest’s big day was a big factor in BYU’s team win over the other 15 teams at the tournament it hosts — but it wasn’t the only factor.
The Cougars found themselves in a final-round dogfight with teams like Boise State and Colorado State and as the BYU golfers started their final holes, Brockbank told them, “We need to go!”
They did just that, carding an impressive 13 birdies as a team in the final six holes on their way to shooting a 840 (24-under-par) to win by five strokes.
“The way they played those last six holes is so impressive,” Brockbank said. “I’ve been questioning whether we are tough enough and the way we played this semester, it’s awesome to see. Every one of the guys stepped up. We started well, hit a lull, made some stupid bogeys on No. 12 and that got us kickstarted. Then we made a bunch of birdies.”
Kuest said he was proud of how the team rallied to get the victory and set the stage for the postseason.
“It feels really good,” Kuest said. “It’s always fun to get a team win. That’s the first goal. The individual win is a bonus. This means a whole lot going toward the postseason, building confidence for conference, then regionals and hopefully making it back to the national championship.”
UVU junior golfer Gabe Lysen had the second-best finish by a local golfer, ending up with a 208 (8-under-par) and tying for the third.
The second-best BYU performance was turned in by sophomore Brock Stanger, a former Orem High star, who tied for 10th with a score of 212 (4-under-par).
“This is the best finish I’ve had in college, so it was great,” Stanger said. “It’s good to do it on your home course with family around.”
Stanger, however, was competing as an individual so his tally didn’t help the Cougar team.
“It’s definitely different,” Stanger said. “You’ve got to play your own game. I played solid two out of the three rounds and didn’t do anything different. It’s great to be here and celebrate with the guys in the win. Now I’ll take the momentum from this week into the next tournament I play and keep riding it.”
BYU now heads to the WCC Championships, which will be played in Stockton, California, at the Reserve at Spanos Park on April 25-27.