WARRENSBURG, Mo. (April 6) – The Rogers State men’s golf team climbed the leaderboard on the final day of The Mule hosted by Central Missouri at the Miles National Golf Club. The Hillcats climbed into the top three with the second-best round of the day after firing a team round of 286.
Washburn won the 23-team tournament with an 850 total at the 6,455-yard, par-70 Mules National Golf Club. Host Central Missouri was second at 853, followed by Rogers State (856), Missouri Western (863) and Sioux Falls (864). Northeastern State tied for fifth in the 23-team event. Central Oklahoma finished 11th. Complete scores are here.
The Hillcats were the only team to place four golfers inside the top 25 of the event.
Ty Nicar led the way for the Hillcats in the final round, shooting a -1 round of 69 to finish with one of three under-par rounds for the Hillcats in the event. Nicar climbed 22 spots up the leaderboard to finish 24th.
Luke Palmowski led the way for the Hillcats in the three-round event, finishing at +1, just one shot off of a four-way tie for the victory. Palmowski took fifth overall after rounds of 69-71-71.
Aidan Gavey, who led the Hillcats after 27 holes went on to finish second for the navy and red in the event. Gavey wrapped round two with the best round of the tournament for RSU with a -2 score of 68. Gavey closed with a 73 to finish at +5 for the event to finish in a tie for 17th. Elliot-Han Monteremal matched Gavey over three rounds, also finishing with a +5 total score of 215. The freshman shot back-to-back rounds of 71 before closing with a 73.
Gonzalo Chaves closed out the tournament matching Gavey and Monteremal with a final round 73 as he climbed 41 place to finish in a tie for 59th.
Northeastern State had its best finish of the spring with its tie for fifth. NSU closed the tournament with an 864 (280-285-299) score.
Tulsa native Carlos Gomez and freshman Gabe Replogle each carded shot 69 in the first two rounds. Gomez finished tied for first overall with a third round of 72 and final 210 score. He would miss out on taking the on-site medalist title after falling in the first playoff hole.
Replogle (69-69-82) and Grant Hynes (70-74-76) tied for 38th overall with 220 scores. Ryan Morant tied for 45th with a 221 (72-73-76) while Brayden Strickland made it three RiverHawks with their best three-round tournament scores of their NSU careers carding a 223 (73-75-74).
The RiverHawks continue their spring by hosting the 22nd Annual NSU Men’s Classic at Muskogee Country Club Monday and Tuesday. The following week begins postseason play with the MIAA Championship in Monkey Island.
Peyton Knell fired a career-best 68 to pace Central Oklahoma. Knell had a 37 to close out a second-round 74 before finishing with the 68 to lead UCO. Ross Taylor wrapped up a second-round 72 with a 37 on his first nine holes of the day, then came back with a 75.
Ethan Galvan’s morning 36 closed out a 72 and he followed with a 75, while Caleb Kimmel went 35 (70)-76 and Evan Griffith 35 (77)-78.
Knell birdied Nos. 3 and 9 in posting a front-nine 34 in the final round, then made another birdie on the par-5 10th. The senior followed with five straight pars before birdieing the par-4 16th to get to 3-under before giving a shot back on the par-3 18th in polishing off his 68.
Knell and Kimmel led the Bronchos with 218 totals, tying them for 32nd place.
UCO is off next week, then goes to Monkey Island, Okla. April 19-21 for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championships at Shangri-La Golf Resort.