AXTELL, Neb. – The University of Central Oklahoma men’s golf team finished in second place at the Nebraska-Kearney Fall Invitational on Tuesday at Awarii Dunes Golf Club.
The tournament was cut short due to travel and weather concerns. The first and second rounds were scheduled to be played on Monday, and the the second round was suspended due to darkness. More problems were coming Tuesday, so the decision to cancel after two rounds was made.
That left the Bronchos just one shot back of first-place Nebraska-Kearney’s 583. UCO shot 290 as a team on the first day and 294 in the second round, 8-over par.
Individually, the Bronchos were just as close. Eli Armstrong shot a 1-under 71 in both rounds to finish one stroke back at 142. Nebraska-Kearney’s Jay Cottam shot a 141 to take the individual crown.
Nick Pierce and Wesley Jackson tied for 14th place after they both shot a 147. Pierce shot a 3-over 75 in the first round and and even-par second round. Jackson did the opposite, shooting even par in the first round before shooting a 3-over Tuesday.
Cody Troutman tied for 20th with a 148. And Alexander Hughes came in tied for 55th with a 154.
A final round of 305 pushed Southwestern Oklahoma State back to a ninth-place finish at the Nebraska-Kearney Invitational on Wednesday. SWOSU ended with a final score of 597.
Stefan Idstam was the top scorer for the Bulldogs, shooting 74 in the final round and 144 overall in the tournament. His performance was good enough for fifth overall in the first action of the fall.
Joby Gray was the low round on day two of the tournament, shooting a 71 in the round and he finished the invitational at 147 overall. The Bulldogs other three golfers all dropped in the final round. Ole Hatlelid shot a 79 after shooting a 73 on day one, finishing at 152 overall.