Men's golf seventh at Fairway Club Invitational
Sept. 11, 2012
NEBRASKA CITY, Neb.--South Dakota men's golf placed seventh in the Fairview Club Invitational after two days of competition. A five-man team of Samuel Matthew, Dakota Clark, Alex Kline, Nolan Schmidt and Jordan Rykal combined to shoot 923 over three 18-hole rounds.
There were several individual standouts for USD. Matthew (Roseville, Minn.) was the team's most consistent performer, shooting 75-74-76--225 to tie for 11th among individual players. Clark (Orono, Minn.) tied for 18th, taking just four more strokes than Matthew to finish at 229. Matthew and Clark both took fewer than 80 strokes in all three rounds.
"I was impressed with how we played in this tournament," said head coach Nick Hovden. "I was a little bit nervous about freshman and newcomer jitters, but they stepped right in and really did a fine job. Sam Matthew was in the top 15 and Dakota Clark was in the top 20. The conditions were tough both days and I was impressed how they battled the whole tournament. Nolan Schmidt is a junior and he helped guide the kids through the practice round and kept everyone calm."
Also among the top finishers was Alex Kline (Ramsey, Minn.), who tied for 23rd with a score of 231.
Playing in the tournament but not a part of the team score was Miles Death (Plymouth, Minn.). Death's opening round score of 71 (-1) had him in second place. A three-round score of 234 tied Death for 39th place overall.
"It was huge for him to step into his first tournament and shoot under par and be two shots out of the lead," said Hovden. "He was confident over the ball, had a good feel for the green and handled the wind pretty well. He and all the freshmen, I'm excited for the young kids. Jordan Rykal struggled a little bit but he's going to be a kid that turns it around. Alex Kline has nerves of steel."
Rounding out the five-man team score for the Coyotes were Schmidt (Avoca, Iowa) and Rykal (Rogers, Minn.). Schmidt tied for 60th individually while Rykal tied for 72nd.
"The future is bright, I'm excited. We can compete in some tournaments this year and it's a good change. I was proud of my guys for fighting and we're looking forward to this next tournament up at North Dakota State."