The Oredigger golf team kicked off the 2014 season earlier this week taking on 16 other schools in San Bernardino, California at the Coyote Classic. The No. 25 ranked Mines squad faced stiff competition, and left the tournament with an eleventh place finish out of 17 competing schools. Michael Lee was CSM’s highest finishing individual golfer, end the event tied for 18 place at +8.
After Monday’s first two rounds, the Orediggers found themselves tied for thirteenth with the Academy of the Arts at +36 as a team. Lee posted the team’s lowest rounds of the day, a +3 first round of 73 followed by a +4 second round score of 74. This put him tied for 34 after the day, a fair distance behind the tournament leaders whose opening rounds were in the mid- to high-60’s. Jordan Arndt ended the day one stroke behind Lee and tied for 37 overall, while Kyle Grassel, Nick Berry, and John Ahern completed Monday’s rounds tied for 48, 54, and 84 respectively.
The third and final round on Tuesday saw Mines rebound strongly, with three of five Orediggers posting their lowest rounds of the tournament. Lee shot a +1 on Tuesday, resulting in an 18 place overall finish, while Grassel shot his third consecutive round score of 75 to end at +15 for the event and tied for 37. Arndt finished one stroke behind Grassel for the tournament, tied for 39, while Berry wound up tied for 54 and Ahern tied for 62. As a team, Mines ended the event in 11 place, 38 strokes behind the champion Chico State squad.
Mines will hit the road again early next week to compete in the St. Edward’s Invitational down in Austin, Texas. That event will be held at the Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin, and goes from Monday, March 3 to Tuesday, March 4.