The Colorado School of Mines golf team started its 2013 season in spectacular fashion by bringing home both the team and individual titles at the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational earlier this week in Amarillo, setting school records along the way.
Senior Michael Lee, a preseason All-RMAC golfer, took the singles championship after shooting a 206 (-10) and winning a three-man playoff against teammate Jordan Arndt and Wayland Baptist University’s Ryan Connolly. After a first round score of 73 on Monday, Lee rebounded strong with a school-record 65 in Tuesday’s second round, and then rallied in the third round to score a 68 and force a playoff.
Junior Jordan Arndt, also preseason All-RMAC, had an outstanding tournament as well, scoring under par in all three rounds (70, 68, 68) and finishing with a 206 (-10) as well. Arndt finished in a tie for second place after reaching the playoff.
Junior John Ahern finished in a tie for ninth after shooting 210 (-6) for the tournament, making him the third Oredigger to finish in the top ten at this event. Senior Kyle Grassel ended up in a tie for 15th, shooting a 212 (-4) while sophomore Nick Berry shot a 221 (+5) to finish in a tie for 52nd.
As a team, Mines ended Monday’s first round in third place, four shots back from the leading schools. However, Tuesday was dominated by the Orediggers, including an RMAC record breaking 272 team score in the second round and a very solid 278 in the final round. The team’s 831 three-round team also set a new conference record.
After starting off this season strong, the Mines golf team will look to keep their momentum going with another good showing at the Fort Lewis Invitational next Monday and Tuesday in Durango.