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Aggie golfers head to Tucson for 2019 Mountain West championship

Utah State's golf team will travel to Tucson, Arizona, this weekend to compete in the 2019 Mountain West championship, which is set to begin on Friday, April 26.

All 11 Mountain West teams will play a total of 54 holes during the three-day tournament with the first round scheduled to begin on Friday, April 26, at 7 a.m. PDT. The tournament, which runs through Sunday, April 28, will be played on the par-72, 7,194-yard Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Resort.

Utah State, which is paired with Air Force and Fresno State, will tee off beginning at 9:40 a.m. PDT, Friday morning.

Scheduled to compete for the Aggies are juniors Hayden Eckert (Buhl, Idaho) and Chase Lansford (Colleyville, Texas), sophomores Colten Cordingley (Rexburg, Idaho) and Andy Hess (Idaho Falls, Idaho), and freshman Cameron Tucker (Ogden, Utah).

Hess leads Utah State this season with a stroke average of 73.85 over 20 rounds, while Cordingley has a stroke average of 74.25 over 20 rounds. Lansford has a stroke average of 74.30 over 20 rounds, followed by Eckert with a stroke average of 75.10 over 20 rounds and Tucker with a stroke average of 75.36 over 14 rounds.

During its last tournament, Utah State finished in 15th place at the BYU-hosted Cougar Classic, held in Provo, Utah, with a 30-over 894 (299-296-299). Hess led the Aggies as he finished tied for 46th with a 4-over 220 (70-74-76).

Utah State has played in eight tournaments this year and has finished in the top 10 in five of those events, including placing third at the Southern Utah-hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational earlier this spring with a 1-over 577 (293-284), and placing fifth at the Cal State Northridge-hosted Bill Cullum Invitational last fall with a 2-over 866 (296-287-283).

UNLV won the 2018 Mountain West championship, held in Bremerton, Washington, with an 8-under 856 (284-288-284), while the Rebels’ Shintaro Ban took medalist honors with a 16-under 200 (68-67-65). Utah State finished in 11th place at last year's championship at 58-over 922 (304-309-309) as Lansford tied for 43rd with a 15-over 231 (74-79-78), while Cordingley tied for 50th at 18-over 234 (74-81-79) and Eckert placed 55th at 37-over 253 (87-81-85).

Eckert and Lansford also competed in the 2017 Mountain West championship, held at the Omni Tucson National Resort, as Lansford tied for 46th at 9-over 225 (75-79-71) and Eckert tied for 54th at 18-over 234 (76-77-81).

Live scoring is available for all three days of the 2019 Mountain West championship at golfstat.com and daily results will be posted on Utah State's athletics website at UtahStateAggies.com. Fans can also follow via social media via the hashtag #MWMGOLF.