NEWTON, Kan. – Behind a top-five finish from Ryan Morant, Northeastern State took third place at the Newman Invitational Tuesday with an 898 (297-305-296). Rogers State was fourth and Central Oklahoma placed sixth. NSU finished two strokes back of Missouri Southern and five back of Concordia-St. Paul.
Teeing off in below freezing temperatures, the RiverHawks staged a mid-final round rally and managed to climb to second and was striking distance of its second consecutive team win. A four-over in the final two holes backslid the team to third.
Northeastern State would finish two strokes back of Missouri Southern and five back of Concordia-St. Paul.
Setting the stage for the MIAA Regular Season Championship, the late drop to third behind Southern keeps the RiverHawks in third place in the standings with 17 points. After two MIAA-designated events, Missouri Southern leads with 19, and Washburn is second with 17.5 points.
“Every point matters, both team and individual,” said head coach Scott Varner. “Proud of their fight to the finish and almost climbed Everest on those last six holes.”
Morant shot a 3-under on the back nine of the Sand Creek Station Golf Course and left tied for fourth place with a 221 (73-75-73). The senior led the RiverHawks with 35 pars and his second career top-five at NSU.
Christian Yanovitch earned his second consecutive top-ten finish shooting a 224 (77-75-72). He had the second most birdies in the field with ten and had the RiverHawks’ low round in the afternoon.
Northeastern State will close its fall season on October 24-25 in Tulsa.
Rogers State finished in a tie for fourth with a card of 907 (+43).
Daniel Robles led RSU in a four-way tie for fourth after shooting 221 (+5) in the tournament. The sophomore sank 10 birdies across 54 holes.
Ty Nicar and Jack Roche finished in a four-way tie for 26th turning in cards of 230 (+14). Elliot-Han Monteremal finished in a group of six tied at 35th with a 232 (+16). Tyler Cornwell rounded out the squad in a tie for 64th with a 241 (+25).
Playing as an individual Tyler Collier, finished in a tie for 13th after shooting 225 (+9).
The Hillcats will close out the fall season on Monday, Oct. 24 as they return home to host The Tulsa Cup at The Club at Indian Springs.
For Central Oklahoma, Bennett Baldwin finished second, improving by a stroke each round with scores of 73-72-71 to finish at even-par 216, one shot behind Jackson Cole of Arkansas Tech. Evan Griffith finished in a tie for 17th at 227, Caleb Kimmel tied for 22nd at 229, Riley Harris tied for 64th at 241 and Carson Blaser tied for 71st at 243.