Cook leads the way as Men’s Golf team finishes 6th at Argonaut Invitational

The Men’s Golf team, led by junior Matt Cook, finished 6th out of 15 teams at the Argonaut Invitational in Pensacola, Florida, on February 27. Western shot a team total of 881, over three days, to finish 17 strokes behind the winning team, Virginia Commonwealth. VCU shot 864 and finished at even par for the course. Old Dominion finished two strokes behind in second place, while Wichita State was four strokes behind in third place. The University of West Florida and Belmont University finished in fourth and fifth place. Cook, a favorite to be one of the top golfers in the country, finished with a final score of 218. The score was good for 2-over par and 16th place overall. Cook sandwiched his best scores around his worst day. Cook opened the tournament with a 73, but shot a 75 on the second day. He rebounded on the final day and shot a 70, the 18th-best final round score in school history. Senior Tripp Morrow also had a strong showing as he finished in 20th place. Morrow shot a 76 in the opening round, but bounced back with a 71 and 73 over the final two days. Morrow would finish 4-over par. Transfer Andres Cuenca tied for 33rd as he shot 7-over par. Freshman Ricky Stout tied for 35th overall as he was one stroke behind Cuenca. Freshman Michael Chapin rounded out the Catamount team as he shot 15-over par to finish tied for 56th. Chapin did lead the Catamounts in the first round with a 72 but struggled over the final two days by shooting 80 and 79. Rafael Campos of Virginia Commonwealth won the individual portion of the tournament as he shot a 209 to finish 7-under par.