In their second RMAC tournament of the season, and final tournament of the calendar year, the Oredigger golf team led for most of the tournament before once again coming out on top.
Riding strong opening rounds by Jordan Arndt, Michael Lee, and Kyle Grassel, Mines sat in a solid second place with a team score of 292, five strokes behind Western New Mexico University (287). After better second rounds from John Ahern and Kyle Miley, CSM jumped up to first place with a 588 overall score, giving them a four shot lead over WNMU (592). Tuesday’s final round saw these two schools pull away from the rest of the field and keep it close, with the Orediggers prevailing in the end by four shots over WNMU 873-877.
In addition to the team title, Jordan Arndt claimed the individual title by three strokes (71-72-68-211, -2). Michael Lee (6th, 70-78-71-219, +6) and Kyle Grassel (9th-tied, 71-80-71-222, +9) also put on great performances to finish the tournament in the top-ten. John Ahern (80-72-77-229, +16) and Kyle Miley (80-74-75-229, +16) rounded out the Oredigger competitors in a tie for 26th overall.
Firmly entrenched at number one in the RMAC to end 2013, the Orediggers will be off of the links competitively until early March 2014, when they will travel down to Austin, Texas for the St. Edward’s Invitational.