PROVO, Utah. — In a dramatic finish, Pavan Sagoo won his second career medalist honor after scoring a birdie in the first sudden death playoff hole at the 2017 Ping Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club, Tuesday afternoon.
Today’s victory is the first medalist finish for Sagoo since he claimed the individual title at the Nick Watney Invitational in October 2015.
“Pavan did a great job of staying patient and taking what the course game him,” said Saint Mary’s head coach Scott Hardy. “His iron game was solid and he kept fighting the entire tournament. This is his second collegiate win and he absolutely earned it with his preparation.”
Starting the final round at 4-under, Sagoo displayed tremendous golf to score a final round 69. The junior birdied holes 7, 13, 14 and 15 to move into first on the leaderboard at 8-under par. Sagoo carded his lone bogey of the day on the par 4, 415 yard 18th hole.
Tied at 7-under, Sagoo and LMU’s Blake Meek went head-to-head in the sudden death playoff. The native of London, England delivered clutch shots off the tee and fairway, and ultimately sunk in the birdie putt for the first place finish.
Saint Mary’s finished tied-4th on the team leaderboard after scoring even-par 288 in the final round. The Gaels tied with fellow WCC member Santa Clara at 9-under par.
Host BYU surged up the leaderboard and claimed the team title with a final score of 22-under. LMU finished runner-up at 14-under while Utah rounded out the top-3 at 12-under. San Francisco finished in sixth place at 3-under par while Pacific struggled to 10th place.
Fellow junior Perry Cohen delivered his second straight top-10 finish, placing tied-3rd. Cohen finished at 6-under after scoring rounds of 71-69-70. This will be Cohen’s second top-5 finish of the season. The San Diego native shot 1-under in the front nine, and recorded one birdie and no bogeys in the back nine.
Senior Hunter Rappleye finished tied-27th after finishing the Cougar Classic at 2-over par. Rappleye battled through his final round and finished with a 76.
Roman Aragon scored 73 in all three rounds to finish tied-33rd (+3). The junior out of Mission Viejo, Calif. recorded a birdie on the par 4, 2nd hole, and just bogeys on holes 4 and 11.
Connor Blick shot a final round 76 to finish tied-44th (+7).
Playing as the lone individual for the Gaels, freshman Blake Hatchoat finished tied for the best scoring individual in the field. Hathcoat finished tied-23rd after shooting rounds of 72-73-72 (+1).
The first year player scored birdies on holes 10, 15, 18 and 7.
The Gaels will head back to Provo and take on Riverside Country Club next week for the annual West Coast Conference Championship.
“Seeing the golf course and some of the hole locations will give us a good idea on what to focus our time in practice before next week,” stated Hardy.
The WCC tournament will be held from Thursday-Saturday, April 20-22.
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