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Riihinen closes strong in Louisiana
Courtesy: UNDsports.com
Release: 02/20/2018
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Patterson, La. -- Junior Ryan Riihinen birdied two of his final four holes to card a 75 (+3) and lead a pack of four Fighting Hawks that all saved their best round of the Atchafalaya Intercollegiate for Tuesday's final loop around the Par-72 layout at Idlewild. Riihinen's 75 was the top score of the tournament for UND and matched the final round score turned in by medalist honoree Alvaro Hernandez on  UT-Rio Grande Valley.

Jordan Smith put together his third-consecutive round in the 70's by posting a 79 (+7) and led the Fighting Hawks with a 33rd-place finish (233;  +17). Senior captain Jack McClintock carded a 78 (+6) to equal Riihinen's 54-hole total of 239 (+23). Those two tied for 40th, while sophomore Patrick Traynor was a stroke back at 240 (+24) to take 46th. Traynor was part of the UND quartet of players that saved their best golf for the finale as he matched Smith with a 79 (+7).

"I thought we played pretty well overall despite another windy day here in Louisiana," UND head coach Matt Stricker said. "Our team score improved again and was the lowest of the three round, but I think we have some areas that we can improve upon, especially on the greens. We'll get that chance next week in Houston and look forward to taking advantage of it."

Freshman Keaton Wolf returned to the course for final-round action after missing Monday's second round and turned in an 86 (+14).

UT-Rio Grande Valley captured the team title with an 881 total (+17) and the Vaqueros' Hernandez held onto his second-round lead to secure medalist honors with a 54-hole total of 216 (E). Like Riihinen, he had a pair of birdies during his final-round 75 (+3) that helped him hold off teammate Pedro Lamadrid by four strokes (220; +4).

Mobile put together a final round score of 301 (+13) to slide past UND into eighth place, while the Fighting Hawks dropped a spot despite their best round of the tournament to finish ninth (951; +87).

UND will return to action next Monday for the opening two rounds of the Colin Montgomerie Invitational hosted by Houston Baptist.

Atchafalaya Intercollegiate (First & Second Round Results)

1. UT-Rio Grande Valley     297-288-296 = 881 (+17)
2.    Jacksonville State  293-300-296 = 889 (+25)
3. Nicholls State  294-306-297 = 897 (+33)
4. New Orleans      298-309-294 = 901 (+37)
5. Houston Baptist      297-305-300 = 902 (+38)
6. Central Arkansas     297-318-298 = 913 (+49)
7. Incarnate Word  305-306-318 = 929 (+65)
8. Mobile  316-329-301 = 946 (+82) 
9. North Dakota         322-318-311 = 951 (+87) 
10. Texas Southern  319-328-351 = 998 (+134)


UND Individuals (Final Results)

33. Jordan Smith 77-77-79 = 233 (+17)
t40.   Jack McClintock 79-82-78 = 239 (+23)
t40. Patrick Traynor    80-81-79 = 240 (+24)
46. Ryan Riihinen   86-78-75 = 239 (+23)
56. Keaton Wolf   94-DNS-86 = 180 (+36)  


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