Carpenter shoots 66, men's golf wins opener
VICTOR, IDAHO— Senior Hudson Carpenter fired a 66 to open the fall season to help the Jackrabbits defeat Weber State in the Dual at the Tetons on Saturday.
The Jacks shot a team score of 291 (+3) at the 6,873-yard, par-72 Headwaters Course at Teton Springs, while the Wildcats finished four strokes back with a one round total of 295 (+7).
Carpenter’s dual-best round of 66 ranks as the second best 18-hole score in Divison-I school history behind only Geoff Mead in 2007 and David Smith in 2010, who each posted rounds of 65.
And it could have been better according to head coach Jared Baszler: Carpenter was 7-under through 13 holes, then made par on holes 14-17 but finished with a bogey on the 18th hole to close the round.
“Hudson had a special round (Saturday) but I know he walked away feeling like he could have had a much lower round. Anytime you get to 7-under on a championship-caliber course like this, it’s very rare and exciting. Hudson’s senior leadership definitely showed today and we’re all proud of him,’ Baszler said.
Sophomore AC Sitter and freshman Grant Smith each carded scores of 74 to open the 2013-2014 season.
Dylan Baker, a sophomore transfer from Eden Prairie, Minn., posted a round of 77 in his debut as a Jackrabbit.
Senior Lukas Davison shot a 79 to round out the top-5 for the Jacks.
Freshmen Ian Rinken and Trevor Tobin made their collegiate debuts competing as individuals. Rinken shot a round of 80 and Tobin posted a round of 86.
Baszler said the team had some trouble with distance control at the elevation--Victor is 6,214 feet above sea level--and the greens weren’t kind to the Jackrabbits either.
“We’re happy with our win today but we felt like we let an opportunity slip away to post a really low team score. When your top guy shoots a 66, your team score needs to be under par,” Baszler said.
Weber State had Jordan Herzog, Alex Herzog and Luke Campo card rounds of 73, with Michael Johnson posting a 76 and Colton Dallimore wrapping up the Wildcats’ top-5 with a 78.
The Jacks have a break Sunday before the Battle at the Tetons on Monday and Tuesday, which will also be held at Headwaters Course at Teton Springs in Victor.