AMARILLO, Texas – Tyler Kaman claimed the top medalist honor at the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invite on Tuesday as the Aggie men’s golf team put together one of their best rounds in program history to finish in second place as a team.
Cameron, who entered the day within striking distance of the leader and host West Texas A&M, recorded the third lowest round in program history with a 274 to finish with the second best 54-hole score as a program, 839. They finished just two strokes behind the tournament winner WT.
Kaman, who tied CU’s single round low of 65 in the second round, added a 68 in the final round to give him a 204 for the event. He jumped up two spots and edged out the Buffs’ Eemeli Jarvinen and Hutchinson’s Ben Partridge by one stroke. The senior came in clutch with six birdies including one on hole 18 to claim the win.
Freshman Trevor Mierl showed off his potential in the final round at the Amarillo Country Club, carding a 66, the lowest score of the day. Mierl collected five birdies and even made an eagle on 18 to finish with the 5-under round. The Austin, Texas native finished with a 211, tying for 12th place with fellow Aggie Hamish Murray, who had a 70 in the final round.
Preston Holmes also shot 70 during Tuesday’s round, giving him a 213 54-hole score, tying for 14th place individually. Hunter Drotts rounded out the lineup with his best score of the tournament, a 73, giving him a total score of 227. Competing as an individual, Devin Whipple carded a 72 on Tuesday to finish with a 217 three-round score.
Central Oklahoma finished 10th in the tournament. Evan Griffith fired a 4-under-par 67 to lead Central Oklahoma in the final round.
The Bronchos also got even-par rounds from Liam Coughlin and Ross Taylor in closing with a 3-under 282. Caleb Kimmel added a 73 and Riley Harris a 79 to round out Central’s scoring.
“We played quite a bit better today and really finished the tournament strong,” first-year head coach Derrick Thompson said. “The conditions were perfect and I was really proud of the guys for the way they competed today. Evan really had it going today and just played phenomenal.”