Madison, Ill. -- The North Dakota men's golf team concluded the 54-hole SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational on Tuesday with third-round play. Freshman Keaton Wolf turned in the top score for the Fighting Hawks after posting a 78 (+7), which was his best round of the two-day event.
Junior Jeremy Kirk was the top overall finisher for UND after tying for 65th in the 96-player field. Kirk equaled the low round of his career with a 72 (E) in yesterday's second round and finished the tournament with a team-best 232 total (+19). He carded an 80 (+9) in his final round at the Gateway National Golf Links. Classmate Jordan Smith fell out of the 70's for the first time in six competitive rounds this season with a closing 83 (+12). Smith opened the tournament with a 75 and followed that with a 77 to turn in the best two rounds by a Fighting Hawk at the event.
Senior Jack Stellon, who was making his collegiate debut at the tournament, posted a counting score for the Fighting Hawks with an 84 (+13) in his final round. That was a nine-stroke improvement from his best score from Monday.
SIUE rolled to the team title, defeating the remainder of the 17-team field by 19 strokes. The Cougars shot a 288 (+4) on the final day to finish at 841 (-11). Bradley's Ethan Brue claimed medalist honors after posting three rounds in the 60's (205; -8), including a final-round 69 (-2) that led him to a two-stroke victory over Iowa Western's Joel Durnford (207; -6).
UND will return to action next week at the Zach Johnson Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. This will be the final event of the fall season for the Fighting Hawks.
SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational (Final Results)
|1.||SIUE||275-278-288 = 841 (-11)|
|2.||UT Martin||289-280-291 = 860 (+8)|
|3.||Bradley||282-284-295 = 861 (+9)|
|4.||Missouri State||291-289-288 = 868 (+16)|
|5.||Iowa Western C.C.||296-291-283 = 870 (+18)|
|17.||North Dakota||316-315-325 = 956 (+104)|
UND Individuals (Final Results)
|t65.||Jeremy Kirk||80-72-80 = 232 (+19)|
|t78.||Jordan Smith||75-77-83 = 235 (+22)|
|91.||Keaton Wolf||83-84-78 = 245 (+32)|
|92.||Cole Kerns||78-82-87 = 247 (+34)|
|95.||Jack Stellon||96-93-84 = 273 (+60)|
-- UND --