ST. GEORGE, Utah -- Junior Scott Patterson earned his first collegiate top-five finish Tuesday and the Cal Poly men's golf team settled for a third-place tie with College of Charleston at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational, which concluded a two-day run Tuesday at the Sunbrook Golf Course.
Patterson carded a final-round 71 on the 6,879-yard, par-72 course for a three-under-par 141 total and a second-place tie with Mark Anguiano of Cal State Fullerton. Both finished one stroke behind individual champion Chris Russo of Cal State Northridge.
First-round leader Brad Millard of Southern Utah followed Monday's 67 with a 77 and finished tied for ninth with his 144 total.
The team title went to Cal State Fullerton with a 575 total after a four-person 287 Tuesday. It is the Titans' second tournament title since the program was reinstated three years ago. The other championship was in the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational in October at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo.
Southern Utah finished second Tuesday at 577 with Cal Poly and College of Charleston both tallying 583 totals for a third-place tie. Cal Poly posted rounds of 290 and 293 in the 36-hole event.
In addition to Patterson, two other members of Coach Scott Cartwright's Mustang squad finished in the top 20.
Justin Haley posted a final-round 74 for a 145 total and a tie for 12th place while Bryce Greeley finished tied for 18th place with a final-round 74 and a 147 total.
Also scoring for Cal Poly were Matt Yount with a 74 and 153 total for 45th place and Trevor Guthrie with a 78 and 154 total for 54th place.
There were 14 schools and 90 golfers in the field.
Patterson (pictured above) finished second in par-4 scoring with a two-under-par 3.90 average.
Cal Poly returns to action Feb. 19-21 at the Folino Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton at the Industry Hills Golf Course in the City of Industry, Calif.