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MGOLF Battled Loaded Field at Gopher Invite

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Sept. 11, 2017

2017 Gopher Invitational Full Results

INDEPENDENCE, Minn. - The Penn State men's golf team finished 13th place out of the 16-team field at the Gopher Invitational in at the Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn. An impressive field featured five of the nation's top-25 teams.

The Nittany Lions bounced back after a difficult opening round to shoot a team total of 289 in round two, which concluded Monday morning after play was called for darkness. Penn State concluded the competition with a 293 after its opening round total of 301. Four men's golf student-athletes for the Blue & White finished in the top 50.

Senior Cole Miller (New Tripoli, Pa.) turned in low score for the Nittany Lions after a final round of 3-over 74 to tie at 28th. Miller finished in a tie for 28th individually and 6-over par for the tournament. Junior Charles Huntzinger (Duluth, Ga.) had an up and down weekend. After his 2-under 69 in round two, he finished the tournament with a 4-over 75. He came in a tie for 42nd and 8-over par.

Juniors JD Hughes (Carlisle, Pa.) and Ryan Dornes (Lancaster, Pa.) saw improvement in each round. They both capped off the tournament with a 2-over 73. Hughes ended in a tie for 45th and 9-over, while Dornes was in a tie for 56th and 11-over. Sophomore Alec Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) was steady throughout, ending with back to back 73s. Bard came in a tie for 50th and shot 10-over for the tournament.



Arkansas held onto its lead after day one to claim the team title with an overall score of 4-under 848. The Razorbacks were the only team to finish under par for the tournament and tied the tournament record for low overall score. No. 4 Baylor came in second at 6-over and defending national champion and no. 3 Oklahoma came in third at 7-over. Penn State finished at 31-over 883 and was one of eight schools with at least four players in the top-50.

Kent State's Ian Holt was the individual champion, shooting rounds below par throughout the tournament.

Penn State returns to action Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17 in Durham, N.C., for the Rod Myers Invitational hosted by Duke.

Keep up to date with the latest information about the Nittany Lion Men's Golf team on Twitter at @PennStateMGolf and Facebook. Follow Coach Greg Nye on Instagram at @CoachNyePSU.

 Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total + / -
 13 Penn State 301 289 293 883 +31
 T-28 Cole Miller 72 73 74 219 +6
 T-42 Charles Huntzinger  77 69 75 221 +8
 T-46 JD Hughes 75 74 73 222 +9
 T-51 Alec Bard 77 73 73 223 +10
 T-56 Ryan Dornes 77 74 73 224 +11


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