The Thunderbirds men's golf team opened the fall season with a solid 3rd place finish at the Samuel Proal Wolfpack Invitational last weekend. The tournament was hosted by Colorado State University-Pueblo, an NCAA Division 2 Program. The Tbirds held 2nd place after 36 holes of competition, but fell back to 3rd on the final day. Host CSU-Pueblo took the championship, while NJCAA Dodge City CC took runner up.
The Thunderbirds had two players place in the top 10 individually, Ben Tucker and Fraser Hughers. Sophomore Ben Tucker placed 6th overall with rounds of 74, 69, 71 (-2), two shots behind the eventual tournament champion at (-4). Tucker, a transfer student from NAIA Southeastern University, was competing in his first tournament as a Thunderbird. Right behind Tucker was sophomore Fraser Hughes who finished in a tie for 8th with rounds of 74, 71, 73 (+2). Hughes competed last season for NMJC, and looks to have a successful sophomore campaign.
Freshman Ryan Cox competed in his first tournament for NMJC, finishing in 16th place with rounds of 73, 71, 79 (+7). Sophomore Michael Garcia finished tied for 31st with rounds of 76, 78, 78 (+16), and sophomore Peter Johns finished tied for 35th with rounds of 81, 75, 77 (+17). 3rd year head coach James Berry was pleased with his team's effort, "I was very happy with the effort this week, the boys played hard from start to finish and had an opportunity to compete for the win. We beat several NCAA teams, so this was a good start to the season. We had solid performances from Ben and Fraser, and the rest of the boys weren't far behind. I know these guys will push each other to get better in practice, and we'll be ready to play in a couple weeks".
The Thunerbirds are back in action September 24th and 25th for the High Country Shootout in Ruidoso, NM.
Full results: http://indy.golfstat.com/men/M1423/M_Farmers_Ins._Sa_RESULTS090716130824.PDF