The top-ranked Colorado School of Mines golf team had a rough time at the Golfweek Division II Fall Invitational in Oregon this week, finishing the tournament 11th out of 15 competing schools and 53 strokes behind champion California State-Monterey Bay. Senior Kyle Grassel was the Orediggers’ highest finisher, ending up tied for 26th and 16 shots behind winner Brandon Hortt of CSU-Monterey Bay.
After shooting a 325 in round one, Mines was tied with UC-Colorado Springs for tenth at 37 over par. After some improvement cut the team’s second round score down to 309 (+21), the Orediggers left the course Monday tied for ninth at 58 over par with Western Washington. Tuesday’s final round went about as well, as a 312 team score gave the team an overall 946 (+82) for the tournament, which placed the Orediggers 11th in the event.
Senior Kyle Grassel led all Mines golfers, as strong showings in the final two rounds (83-75-75-233, +17) placed him in a tie for twenty-sixth out of the field of 75. Junior Jordan Arndt finished in thirtieth place after three consistent rounds (78-78-78-234, +18), while John Ahern (79-78-80-237, +21) finished tied for thirty-seventh. Senior Michael Lee (85-78-79-242, +26) was forced to overcome a rough first round, but rebounded in his last two rounds to finish tied for fifty-first, and Kyle Miley (88-84-80-252, +36) ended the tournament in a tie for seventy-first.
After facing tough competition from around the nation at this event, the Mines golfers will return to Golden and have several days off before they compete again. Their next tournament is much closer to home; this time in Pueblo for the CSU-Pueblo Invitational, the team’s second RMAC tournament of the season. That event tees off on Monday, October 14th.