(RMC Athletics release)
ROCKY FACE, Ga. – Playing on one of the most prestigious courses in America, the 13th-ranked Rocky Mountain College men’s golf team secured a ninth-place finish at the Roadrunner Classic. The 12-team field featured 10 teams ranked in the current NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll playing at The Farm Golf Club.
Rocky used rounds of 316 and 311 to sit in 10th-place after Monday’s two rounds with 627 strokes. The Battlin’ Bears used a 318 on Tuesday to move up one spot in the final standings with 945 total strokes. Rocky earned two wins over ranked opponents in No. 14 Southeastern and No. 18 Thomas.
Colton Murphy led the way for Rocky by shooting 231 to tie for 27th in the field of 64. Murphy carded three rounds in the 70s, including an opening round 76. He finished the three rounds with 31 pars and shooting 9-ver par on the par-4 holes.
Michael Tait finished 36th after shooting 234 for the week. He closed the event with a 77 on Tuesday for his low round of the tournament. Tait shot 1-under par on the par-5 holes and tallied the team’s lone eagle of the week.
Reece Nilsen shot 236 to place tied for 39th. His 75 in the second round was the low score of the week for Rocky. Mitchell Thiessen finished 54th after shooting 244 and HoTae Kim placed 61st by shooting 251.
No. 3 Dalton State – the tournament host – took the team title with 873 strokes. Individual medalist honors went to S.M. Lee of Dalton State after he shot 8-under 208.
Rocky will close the regular season next week with the Yellowjacket Spring Invitational. That tournament will be played at Lake Hills Golf Club on April 16-17.