BYU Men’s Golf was just as dominant as BYU Women’s Volleyball, just for a shorter amount of time.
From 1968 to 1987 the Cougars never finished worse than No. 16 in the nation, qualifying for Nationals every single season. Plus, they have one thing that neither Women’s Volleyball nor Gymnastics has – a national championship.
BYU’s first national championship came from Men’s Golf in 1980, right in the middle of their run of dominance.
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They’ve only made it back to Nationals seven times since 1987, though, and suffered their longest non-qualification drought in program history from 2006-17.
That tide began to shift last year. Led by senior Patrick Fishburn and two young talents in Peter Kuest and Rhett Rasmussen, BYU ended the drought and returned to Nationals, finishing 24th.
Fisburn has turned pro, and the team is now led by their two young stars. Both Kuest (No. 4) and Rasmussen (No. 39) are ranked in the Top 40 individually, and the team enters this week’s Arizona Intercollegiate as the No. 9 team in the nation.
During their fall slate the Cougars never placed worse than fourth in any tournament, and only placed worse than second once. Kuest earned WCC Golfer of the Month honors in both October and November.
The Cougars expect a return to Nationals this year, and both of their stars still have one more year after this. Plus, they’ll welcome one of the top golf recruits in the nation, Cole Ponich, next year.
This very easily could be the beginning of a resurgence for BYU Men’s Golf.