PALM SPRINGS, Calif. --- The South Dakota School of Mines
men’s golf team picked a great time to take a road trip to the West Coast.
While Rapid City has been blasted with a spring snow storm the last couple
days, the Hardrockers golfers have been enjoying 80 degree weather and
The Hardrockers finished up play Tuesday afternoon during
the Troy Bledsoe Skyhawk Shoot Golf Invitational at the Classic Club Golf
Course in Palm Desert, Calif. The meet was hosted by Fort Lewis College.
SD Mines came away with a sixth-place showing, carding a
56-hole team score of 1,037 (342-365-330). Colorado Christian won the meet with
908 strokes, Oklahoma Christian was a close second with 915 strokes and
Colorado Mesa was a distant third with 961.
Individually, Sam Johnston of Oklahoma Christian was the
overall winner with a three-round score of 220, Colorado Christian’s Andrew
Kennedy was one stroke back in second place (221) and teammate Minkyu Jeon took
third with a 223.
Hardrocker freshman Walker Hoolehan came in with the lowest
score for SD Mines --- and had a Top 20 finish --- posting a three-round score
of 240 (81-82-77) for a share of 14th place.
As for the rest of the ‘Rockers, senior Tyler Frick earned
23rd place after posting a score of 249 (80-86-83), senior Brogan
Papel came in with a 266 (85-96-85) for 30th place, freshman Korey
Pryer was a spot back in 31st with 286 strokes (96-105-85) and
sophomore Doug Sayer carded a 300 (106-101-93) for 32nd place.
Next on the schedule for the Hardrockers is the Colorado
State-Pueblo Wolfpack Invitational April 14-15 at Walking Stick Golf Course in