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Sept. 11, 2017
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
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.
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