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Junior Jordan Smith equaled his career-low with a 73 (+2) in the final round of the Zach Johnson Invitational.
Smith equals career-best in ZJ Invitational finale
Release: 10/03/2017

West Des Moines, Iowa -- North Dakota's Jordan Smith capped the fall season by equaling the low round of his collegiate career on Tuesday. The Bismarck native fired a 73 (+2) that included a trio of birdies in his closing six holes during the final round of the Zach Johnson Invitational.

Smith moved up eight spots to finish 39th in the 68-player field. He posted a 231 (+18) that was also tops among the Fighting Hawks, who placed 11th witha 980 total (+128). Junior Jeremy Kirk and Keaton Wolf both shot final round scores of 82 (+11), while freshman Cole Kerns added an 85 (+14) to count towards the UND team score.

Indian Hills Community College captured the team title thanks to a 288 (+4) in the final round. The JUCO-squad entered the day trailing South Dakota by a stroke, but the a 68 (-4) from George Clarke helped overcome the slim deficit and win by five strokes. Clarke's stellar play helped him capture medalist honors by two strokes as he finished with a 214 (+1) total. Day-one leader Drew Ison from Drake finished second. 

UND will return to action in the spring with the Pizza Hut Pat Hicks Invitational scheduled for Feb. 12-13 in St. George, Utah.

Zach Johnson Invitational (Final Results)

1. Indiana Hills C.C. 296-291-288 = 875 (+23) 
2.    South Dakota 291-295-294 = 880 (+28) 
3. Drake 295-298-297 = 890 (+38)
4. North Dakota State     300-296-296 = 892 (+40)
5. Omaha     301-303-292 = 896 (+44)
11. North Dakota        331-327-322 = 980 (+128) 

UND Individuals (Final Results)

39. Jordan Smith 76-82-73 = 231 (+18)
t59.   Jeremy Kirk 84-79-82 = 245 (+32)
t63. Cole Kerns    82-82-85 = 249 (+36)
66. Keaton Wolf   89-84-82 = 255 (+42)
68. Jack Stellon 96-96-94 = 286 (+73)

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