Golf hosts tournament in Nevada, win in Florida


Jackrabbit Athletics

The South Dakota State women’s golf team finished second and the men’s team sixth at the 2015 Jackrabbit Invitational Tuesday, March 17th.

The SDSU women shot a third-round 301, six shots off the winner Oral Roberts (295) on the par-72, 6,181-yard Lakes course at the Primm Golf Club.

South Dakota State broke the school records for 36 holes (575) and 54 holes (876) and seven of the eight Jackrabbits had personal bests for 36 and 54 holes during the two-day event.

The Jackrabbits were led by sophomore Megan Mingo (Yankton) who shot a 73 Tuesday and finished tied for fourth (73-71-73=217).

Sophomore Hallie Getz (Pierre) tied for seventh (74-71-74=219) and junior Sydney MacDonald (Calgary, Alberta) also placed tied for seventh (72-71-76=219).

Sophomore Islamiah Fuad (Perak, Malaysia) tied for 14th (71-72-80=223) and freshman Natcha Srimaneerungroj(Bangkok, Thailand) tied for 22nd (74-74-78=226).

Playing individually, junior Brianna Janu (Glenwood, Minn.) finished 13th (75-74-73=222), senior Amber Houser(Northfield, Minn.) tied for 30th (74-74-81=229) and senior Alli Plath (Onalaska, Wis.) finished 59th (83-79-86=248).

On the men’s side, the Jackrabbits rallied from 10th place for their fourth top-10 finish of the season.

SDSU shot a third-round 281 to finish with an 865 (297-287-281). The Jacks’ third-round score is the third-lowest 18-hole score in school history on the 7,131-yard, par-72 Desert course.

Sophomore Grant Smith (Des Moines, Iowa) led the Jackrabbits, shooting a seven-under par 65 in the final round to tie the school record. He finished seventh, shooting a personal-best 206 (70-71-65), including an eagle on the fifth hole and six birdies in the final round.

Sophomore Trevor Tobin (Brandon) tied for 24th, shooting a personal-best 69 in the third round for a 216 (77-70-69). Freshman Naqiuddin (Perak, Malaysia) finished 34th (70-73-74=217) while junior Dylan Baker (Eden Prairie, Minn.) tied for 72nd (80-74-73=227). Junior Austin Sitter (Sioux Falls) tied for 81st (80-73-78=231).

Playing as individuals, sophomore Guillermo Gonzalez (Merida, Yucatan) shot a personal-best 69 in the final round for a 213 (73-71-69). Freshmen Zach Sackett (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Michael Duch (Aberdeen) tied for 52nd. Sackett shot a 223 (77-72-74) and Duch a 223 (76-72-75).

The women’s team followed that up by the program’s fourth Division I title and second title of the season, winning the 2015 MSU Ocala Spring Invitational this Tuesday at the Juliette Falls Golf Resort.

The Jackrabbits shot a three-round 899 (297-300-302), edging Daytona State College by one shot. SDSU has won two of its last three events in the last 13 days.

Junior Sydney MacDonald (Calgary, Alberta) broke three school records during the tournament, including the record for 18 holes, shooting a four-under par 68 in the final round on the par-72, 6,113-yard course. She finished in second place with a school record and career-best 214, three shots behind medalist Tiffany Chan of Daytona State College. MacDonald also broke the school record for 36 holes (73-68=141).

Sophomore Hallie Getz (Pierre) tied for 20th, shooting a 226 (75-74-77) and classmate Megan Mingo (Yankton) fired a 227 (72-77-78) to tie for 24th.

Junior Brianna Janu (Glenwood, Minn.) shot a 235 (77-79-79) and tied for 57th while freshman Natcha Srimaneerungroj (Bangkok, Thailand) placed 63rd with a 237 (81-76-80).

South Dakota State returns to action April 6-7 at the UMKC Shoot-Out in Kansas City, Mo.