ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Fort Hays State Men’s Golf Team placed 10th out of 16 teams at the Holiday Inn Express Classic this week (October 11-12) at the soggy St. Joseph Country Club. Originally scheduled for 54 holes, the tournament was reduced to just 36 holes after a 4.5 hour delay on Monday due to rain and lightning in the area.
The Tigers battled in wet and windy conditions to post a 301 score in the first round on Monday, 17 above par on the 6,564 yard course at par 71. After being tied on the ninth day of the following day, FHSU shot a 303 over 19 in the second round, dropping a spot to finish 10th overall.
Caleb Humble made his debut for the Tiger with an even average of 71 on day one, registering four birdies to place 10th out of 86 golfers after the first 18 holes. He finished the event with an 8-over 79 on Tuesday, tied for 28th with an 8-over 150 while posting a team record with six birdies.
Maddux Mills tied Humble’s overall score of 8 of 150 with rounds 5 of 76 and 3 of 74. Mills recorded five birdies in the event and played the final 33 holes in 2 after a slow start to day one. . Mills and Humble both played par 5s above, tied for 10th in the field, while Mills led the team in par 5 with a score of 2 below.
Parker Krob had consecutive rounds of 5 of 76 to tie for 39th at 10 of 152. The first year had three birdies in the opening round and placed second on the team with 22 pars.
Jackson Rader and Tanner Copeland are tied for 54th place with a combined score of 13 of 155. Copeland opened the tournament with a 7 of 78 on Monday and added a 6 of 77 on Tuesday, while Rader shot an 8 of 79 . in the first round and closed things off with a round of 5 of 76.
Rader finished the tournament with back-to-back birdies on holes nine and ten, making long birdie putts on each hole to help the Tigers beat Concordia-St. Paul all at once. The freshman netted five birdies over the course of the week, while Copeland got three birdies and also got the only eagle of the week for the Tigers, one of nine across the field.
Central Oklahoma won the tag team title with a two-round total of 1 in 569, while Dawson Wills of Washburn took the medal honors with a score of 5 under 137 (71-66).
Fort Hays State will return to the course next week when the Tigers host the FHSU Tiger Classic at Smoky Hill Country Club on Monday and Tuesday (October 18-19). This is only the third time the men’s team has hosted an event since 2009. A kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 am on both days, with the course of 15 schools and 84 golfers playing 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday.
Full FHSU Results
10th – Fort Hays State – +36 – 301 – 303 – 604
T28e – Caleb Humble – +8 – 71 – 79 – 150
T28e – Maddux Mills – +8 – 76 – 74 – 150
T39e – Parker Krob – +10 – 76 – 76 – 152
T54e – Tanner Copeland – +13 – 78 – 77 – 155
T54e – Jackson Rader – +13 – 79 – 76 – 155