SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Northeastern State is two shots off the pace set by Henderson State in the St. Mary’s Invitational. The first day of play was shortened from 36 to 18 holes by heavy rains overnight and in the morning. The now 36-hole tournament will conclude today.
Despite the weather, southern Texas has treated Northeastern State well in the last two weeks on the golf course. One week ago, the NSU women claimed their first win of the season in a rain shortened event, and this week the men’s program is sitting in second place in the St. Mary’s Invitational.
Southwestern Oklahoma State is just two shots back of NSU and four back overall in third place. The University of Central Oklahoma is tied for fourth place at 297, seven shots out.
The RiverHawks fired off a 292 which was their third lowest score and best outside of NSU’s tournament that was held in the fall. Tate Williamson carded a 71 which landed him tied for fifth place overall. Ty Shelnutt and Garrett McDaniel were two shots back and tied for 11th place, with Marc Johnson scoring a 75 and in a tie for 26th place.
Navid Majidizadeh was NSU’s fifth score and the freshman from Tulsa, Okla. shot a 79.
The long game was NSU’s strength on Monday with the team having a field best 4.80 scoring average on par-5s and a 4.10 average on par-4s. Additionally, Northeastern State collected 14 birdies which was tied for second most in the 16 team field.