The Fort Hays State University golf teams finished fourth and 10th at their respective tournaments on Monday and Tuesday.
The women’s team traveled to the Northeastern State University Women’s Classic, while the men’s team went to the Truman State University Bulldog Classic.
The women’s team took fourth overall with a 708, while the men placed 10th with a score of 615.
They shot 360 on the first day of the tournament and shot 12 strokes better on the second day to finish with a total of 708. They were just one stroke behind third place winners University of the Incarnate Word.
First place went to the tournament hosts NESU with a total of 623.
FHSU’s top player was sophomore Samantha Nielsen. Nielsen finished sixth with a score of 165, while sophomore Kiley Johansen tied for 19th overall with 180.
Freshman Carmen Thompson and junior Melinda Schremmer placed 21st and 22nd.
“Going into a new conference,” said Nielsen, “I was pretty impressed with the way that we did in our first tournament.”
After losing two seniors from last year, this year’s women’s team is composed of four underclassmen and one junior. Nielsen said she still believes there’s room for improvement.
“There’s always things we can work on,” said Nielsen. “The main thing we need to work on is our short game. Getting better at chipping and putting can be a potential difference maker.”
The women’s team will travel to Pueblo, Colo., to play in the Colorado State University-Pueblo Invitational on Sept. 21-22.
The men were led by junior Adam Gorjiyan, who shot a 152 and tied for 31st place.
Sophomore Aaron Mapel finished a stroke behind Gorjiyan and placed 37th. He nailed his first career hole-in-one on the par-3 14th hole in the first round.
Sophomore Markus Hilger tied for 48th, junior Kevin Quinley tied for 53rd and junior David George tied for 66th.
The University of Central Missouri won with a team score of 569.
The men’s team will compete on Monday and Tuesday at the NESU Classic in Broken Arrow, Okla.