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Utah's Kyler Dunkle finishes 2nd, Utes golf team has best-ever 5th-place finish at Pac-12 golf championships

Utah senior Kyler Dunkle finished second among individuals while the Utes finished in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-12 golf championships, their highest-ever finish by far in the annual tournament.

Dunkle shot a final-round 73 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon, which left him four strokes behind winner Collin Morikawa of Cal, the No. 2-ranked collegiate golfer in the country.

"Really thrilled for Kyler," said Utah golf coach Garrett Clegg. "He was amazing this week. He has definitely set the standard for our program."

The Utes finished in last place in the 12-team event every year since joining the league in 2011-12, before making a considerable leap this year in one of the top golf conferences in the country.

“Overall it was a great performance by the team,” Clegg said. “We hung tough every round and today was no different. We all know that we haven't played well historically at the Pac-12 championships and so to play solid all week was a big deal for us. Overall, I am really thrilled for the team and for our program."

Stanford, the 17th-ranked team in the country, came back on the final day to win the team title with a four-round total of 1413, six shots ahead of UCLA. Cal, the third-round leader, finished third at 1421, while Arizona State was fourth at 1443 and host school Oregon tied with Utah at 1451.

Ute sophomore Tristan Mandur finished in a tie for 16th overall at 288, while Blake Tomlinson and Mitchell Schow tied for 43rd at 294, freshman Alex Einarsson tied for 47th at 297 and Jordan Costello tied for 63rd at 308.