USF Takes Ping Cougar Classic by 13 Shots

Tim Widing of the University of San Francisco shared the individual title and led the Dons to victory by 13 strokes over Boise State in the Ping Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah.

The Dons claimed their fourth victory of the season with a program-record score of 274-282-267—823, 41-under-par, followed by Boise State at 281-285-270—836, host Brigham Young at 276-288-274—838, New Mexico at 279-283-281—843 and Colorado State at 281-282-282—845.

“This week was the final stamp on an incredible regular season,” USF Coach Jack Kennedy said. “The final round today will be one for the history books. For the first time this year, we had all five guys bring it today. When it all clicks, this is how special this group can be.”

Utah was sixth at 279-290-278—847, followed by St. Mary’s of Moraga at 279-290-283—852, while Wyoming totaled 284-290-279—853 to tie for eighth with Denver, which finished at 284-292-277—853, and Nevada was 10th at 285-295-277—857.

San Diego was 12th at 285-297-279—861, Loyola Marymount wound up 14th at 290-290-284—864, and Santa Clara was 15th at 292-295-280—867.

Widing, a senior from Sweden, earned a share of his third college title with a score of 67-67-69—203, 13-under, to tie with Carson Lundell of BYU, who finished at 68-67-68—203.

“We are all very happy for Tim,” Kennedy said of his team captain, who recorded his fifth top-10 finish of the season and 24th of his career. “”He has worked so hard, and to see him get the breakthrough win is very special.”

Soren Lind of USF was third at 70-67-67—204, followed by Hugo Townsend of Boise State at 69-66-70—205, while Bastien Amat of New Mexico shot 72-69-66—207 to tie for fifth with Jack Trent of UNLV, who wound up at 68-69-70—207, and Christoffer Palsson of USF finished at 70-74-64—208 to tie for seventh with Ethan Ashbrook of St. Mary’s, who totaled 68-70-70—208.

Matt McCarty of Santa Clara carded a score of 69-75-65—209 to tie for ninth with Toby Briggs of USF, who finished at 68-74-67—209, and Blake Tomlinson of Utah, who came in at 68-71-70—209.

Harrison Kingsley led San Diego in a tie for 20th at 71-69-72—212 and Gavin Cohen of Loyola Marymount tied for 32nd at 72-71-71—214.

Rounding out the scoring for team champion USF was Matthew Anderson in a tie for 25th at 69-75-69—213.

The Dons play next in the West Coast Conference Championships on Thursday through Saturday at Lake Las Vegas Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.

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