PRIMM, NEV. -- The 4th annual Jackrabbit Invitational was one for the record books for the South Dakota State men’s golf team: the total team score of 855 is the lowest 54-hole score in school history in the Division I era as the Jacks placed three golfers in the top-25.
Junior Hudson Carpenter also continued to etch his name into the Jackrabbit record books. His 54-hole score of 210 is fifth-best in school history and his 36-hole low of 137 is tied for best in school history with Geoff Mead (2008).
SDSU finished in third place behind Air Force (828) and Idaho (841) at the Jackrabbits’ spring season opener on the 7,090-yard, par-72 Desert Course at the Primm Valley Golf Club. After frost delayed the opening round on Monday, golfers finished up round two Tuesday morning and wrapped up the tournament with round three Tuesday afternoon.
The Jacks also set other impressive marks for the record book. The round two team score of 281 is third-lowest for 18 holes, and the score of 569 is also third-best in school history.
Carpenter started the tournament red-hot, posting seven birdies in the opening round and 19 birdies overall at SDSU’s spring ‘home’ course. He finished with a score of 210 (69-68-73) in a tie for fourth place, even after hitting five bogeys and one double bogey in the final round, but he also carded six birdies to finish one-over in the final round and six-under for the tournament.
Carpenter was named The Summit League’s Male Golfer of the Week for his efforts in Primm and is second in the league with a 72.23 stroke average this season. It’s the first time he’s won the award in his career.
Greg Fehrman joined Carpenter in the top-10, finishing one stroke back (211) in a tie for 6th place. The senior had rounds of 72, 70 and 69, and his three-round total of 211 is tied for sixth-best in school history in the D-1 era. Fehrman carded 12 birdies and two eagles over the two day event.
Fehrman is now 6th in the league with a 73.54 stroke average this season.
Freshman Miles Knutsen finished at even-par and tied for 14th with a final score of 216 (73-72-71). In his third career top-25 finish, Knutsen carded 10 birdies and two eagles and also posted his lowest 18-hole (71), 36-hole (145) and 54-hole (216) scores in his short career.
Lukas Davison also had a solid tournament, posting the top finish of his career with a tie for 27th on the back of 13 birdies. The junior posted his lowest 54-hole score of his career with a score of 218 (74-71-73) over the two-day event.
Brian Wynia rounded out the top-five for the Jacks with a three round score of 233 (74-83-76) and finished tied for 70th.
SDSU also had three golfers competing as individuals to kick-off the spring season.
Freshman AC Sitter was in sixth place after two rounds with scores of 69 and 70, but a rough final round with four bogeys and two double bogeys and a score of 80 pushed him back to a tie for 30th. He finished with a score of 219 and had eight birdies in the tournament.
Sitter’s 36-hole low of 139 is tied with Trent Peterson (2008) for fourth-best in school history. He also set personal bests in low-18 (69), low-36 (139) and low-54 (219) hole scores.
Dillon Schultz finished tied for 39th with rounds of 72, 73 and 76 (221). The sophomore carded five birdies during the tourney.
Senior David Smith bounced back nicely after three bogeys and four double bogeys in the first round (79), posting a 71 and 72 (222) in rounds two and three to finish tied for 43rd. Smith stayed alive in round one thanks to four birdies and also had four birdies in the final round to finish with 11 over the two-day tourney.
It was a two man race for the top spot, with Air Force’s Kyle Westermoreland edging Idaho’s Gordon Webb by a stroke. Westermoreland fired a 201 (67-69-65), 15-under, to take first place after starting the final round in second place.
The Jacks head to Bakersfield, Calif., for their next tournament, the Cal State-Bakersfield Invitational on March 25-26.