The Fort Hays State University men’s and women’s golf teams completed their fall seasons this week. The men’s team traveled to Westminster, Colo. while the women’s squad traveled to Kansas City.
The men’s team competed in the Colorado Mines Invite. The Tigers sat at fourth place after the first day with a team score of 607. Junior Tom O’Keefe led the way for Fort Hays on day one. O’Keefe finished the day in third place with an even-par 72 and two-over par 74.
Senior Kevin Quinley and junior Markus Hilger were also in the top 10. They were both tied for seventh with Quinley shooting rounds of 77 and 73 and Hilger with rounds of 76 and 74.
The Tigers held their position on day two and finished in fourth place in the standings with a total team score of 910. O’Keefe finished the tournament in third place, adding a round of 73 to his total. Quinley tied for fifth with a score of 223. Hilger tied for 15th with a score of 227. Tournament host Colorado Mines finished first with a score of 882.
The women’s squad competed in the Avila Invitational. Fort Hays finished first out of nine teams on the first day. They had a team score of 341, leading Northwest Missouri State University by five strokes.
Juniors Jordan Nixon and Samantha Nielsen both tied for third after opening rounds of 84. Senior Melinda Schremmer also finished in the top five after the first day. She tied for fifth with an opening round of 86.
Fort Hays held strong in the second round and won the tournament with a team score of 677. They beat out second place and fellow Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association school Northwest Missouri State University by 22 strokes. Nixon shot a 74 in round two, the tournament’s lowest round. She was 10 strokes better on day two, which helped her catch up to tournament leader Plern Promboobpa of Park University. Promboobpa went on to win the tournament after winning the playoff between the players, giving Nixon second place.
Nielsen and junior Kiley Johansen finished in the top five as well. Nielsen finished fourth with rounds of 84 and 87, while Johansen finished fifth with rounds of 87 and 86.
The week’s tournaments marked the end of the fall season for the golf teams. Fort Hays will resume the 2010-2011 season in the spring.