PRIMM, NEVADA-- The 4th annual Jackrabbit Invitational at the Primm Valley Golf Club got off to a frosty start for the Jacks Monday morning in the desert. Literally.
Early morning frost delayed the original 8:30 a.m. opening of the tournament by an hour and half as officials waited for the course to warm up.
Due to the delay golfers packed in as much time on the course as sunlight would allow, but time ran out before the second round was completed. Athletes will finish up round two Tuesday morning.
Despite the frost, the Jacks came out swinging. With one official round in the books, the SDSU men sit in 3rd place out of 14 teams with a score of 288, 12 strokes behind leader Air Force. The Jackrabbit women are 7th out of 13 with a team score of 320, 14 stokes back of leader Houston Baptist University.
Junior Hudson Carpenter fired a 69 in the opening round, including six birdies, to pace the Jacks. He’s in a tie for 5th heading into day two of the tourney and sits at three-under par.
Tied for 18th, senior Greg Fehrman posted four birdies for an even-72 on the day. Freshman Miles Knutsen is one stroke back from teammate Fehrman, posting a first-round score of 73. Knutsen finished the day with two birdies and an eagle.
Competing as an individual, freshman AC Sitter made his case for entering SDSU’s top-five, firing an opening round of 69, placing him in a tie for 5th. Sitter had five birdies on his scorecard at the end of the day.
Dillon Schultz is also golfing unattached. The sophomore shot an even-72 on the day and is in a tie for 18th. Senior David Smith is competing as an individual as well, tied for 66th after a first round of 79.
North Dakota’s Alex Robb and Idaho’s Gordon Webb were both seven-under (65) and sit atop the leader board after one round.
Sophomore Amber Houser is tied for 17th with a 79, including three birdies. Briana Janu also shot a 79 in the first round and is tied for 17th, but the freshman is competing as an individual so her scores won’t count in the team standings.
Also not far behind, freshman Michaela Kouri fired an opening round of 81 leaving her in a tie for 30th heading into day two of the tourney.
Sophomore Alli Plath turned in a round one score of 85, putting her in a tie for 43rd.
Individual Myranda Dunmire shot an 87 in the opening round, tied for 56th.
North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson is two-under par and holds a three-stroke lead heading into day two of the tournament, firing a 70 in the first round.
Barring another frost delay, golfers are set to finish what they started Monday afternoon. Completion of round two begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Plans are to still complete all three rounds of the tourney, with the final round wrapping up Tuesday afternoon.