By FHSU SPORTS INFORMATION
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Fort Hays men’s golf team finished in ninth place at the 25th annual NSU Men’s Golf Classic on Tuesday (Sept. 19) after three rounds of competition. The tournament was hosted by Northeastern State at Muskogee Golf Club, a par-71 course totaling 6,726 yards.
Jackson Rader led the way for the Tigers, tying for 26thoverall at 6-over par. He climbed the leaderboard each round after shooting 7-over par in the opening round. Rader jumped up to 39th after a strong performance in round two with a 70. He went on to shoot an even par 71 to finish his final round. Rader carded 10 birdies and one eagle over his three rounds.
Cooper Scheck finished in a tie for 33rd place at 7-over par. Scheck shot rounds of 74, even par 71, and 75 with 10 birdies for the tournament. Cole Streck raced out to an amazing start, tying for 1st place after the first round of play. Streck was one of four players to shoot a 3-under par 68 in the opening round, with the help of six birdies in the round. Streck followed with a 78, but finished three shots better in his final round with a 75 and finished in a tie for 37th at 8-over par overall. Tanner Copeland was fourth among Tiger finishers with rounds of 77, 74, and 78 and had two birdies in each round, while Parker Krob shot rounds of 78, 74, and 79 and matched Copeland in total birdies with six.
The Tigers topped eight other teams in the field, with six of those teams from the Great American Conference. FHSU shot under 300 in all three rounds. The Tigers shot 297 and then backed it with their best mark of 289. They shot 299 in the final round for a total of 885.
Northeastern State won its home tournament with a team total of 1-under par 851. The Riverhawks shot 3-under par as a team for each of the last two rounds. Harding was two strokes back and Southern Arkansas finished four strokes back. Jeffery Johnston of Missouri Western and Chandler Cooke of Arkansas-Fort Smith tied for medalist honors at 7-under par. Cooke had the low round of the tournament with a 65 in the second round. Ten golfers in the field finished under par overall.
The Tigers hit the road once again next week to the MSSU Fall Invitational at Monkey Island, Okla., held at Shangri-La Golf Club & Resort.