The Missouri State men's golf team finished sixth of eight teams in its 2016-17 season opener Sunday (Sept. 4) in Arbor City, Neb. The Bears shot 305-288-303--896 over 54 holes at the UNO Invitational, while sophomore Brad Carpenter
enjoyed his finest collegiate tournament, tying for second in the 43-player field.
A Washington, Mo., native, Carpenter, who was playing his first collegiate tournament in well over a year after redshirting last season, held a one-shot lead entering the final round and posted a two-over 74, but was surpassed by Matt Tolan of South Dakota, who closed with a 69. Still, Carpenter notched an even-par 216 total with rounds of 74-68-74 at Arbor Links Golf Club.
The aforementioned Tolan led a USD surge which netted the Coyotes the team title after a final-round 287, seven better than anyone else in the field. They recorded 878 for the tournament, seven better than runnerup Northern Iowa's 885. Creighton and SIUE tied for third with 891, followed by North Dakota State (892), the Bears, UNO (901) and IUPUI (926).
Sophomore Adam Fisher
was second for MSU and tied for 12th overall after shooting 76-73-73--222, while freshman Lukas McCalla tied for 20th with 76-74-78--228. Freshman Sam Holmes
shot 79-73-78--230 to tie for 26th and junior John Fuchs
placed 37th with 83-74-79--236.
Next up for Missouri State is the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate in Rustin, La., Sept. 19-20.