Men and women sweep Jackrabbit Fall Invitational


Senior Hudson Carpenter hitting his tee shot, he placed first in the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational and earned his first Division I win in 54-holes posting the top score of 207 strokes.

Justin Harnend Sports Editor

The men’s and women’s teams doubled up on Tuesday afternoon earning their first tournament wins of the season at the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational in Sioux Falls.

After being swept by North Dakota State’s brother and sister combo of Nathan and Amy Anderson last year the Jackrabbits as a whole are in the prime of their season and firing on all cylinders.

“Doing this for 11 years … For both teams to do it on the same day, as a coachable team, is something you dream about almost every day,” Head coach Jared Baszler said. “Rarely do we play together in same day in the same tournament … I knew our teams could do it going in on Sunday night. They beat some really good competition to get it done.”

This year senior Hudson Carpenter walked away with his frist Division I win after posting a low of 68 in the Tuesday’s final round. SDSU won with a team score of 271. Carpenter went -6 for the tournament shooting 69-70-68 over the two-day tournament at the 6424-yard par 71. The women won with a total team score of 950 strokes. NDSU was close behind placing second in both the men’s and women’s division. 

“Very proud of him (Carpenter),” Baszler said. ”He has gotten second, I don’t even know how many times, but far too many he has been in position to win. To do it at your home event makes it even.”

Women’s golf earned their first 54-hole Division-I tournament win on Tuesday.

SDSU’s Megan Mingo tied for third place with an overall score of 234 strokes shooting 80-79-75 over the course of two days while firing her best round of 75 Tuesday, the last day of the tournament.

The young Jackrabbit group is directed by three juniors, Myranda Dunmire, Amber Houser, and Alli Plath who power the youthful group with energy.

“The women are just really young,” Baszler said. “The first tournament is the first time three of our freshman played in a collegiate event, so I think that had a lot to do with that. We made a lot of improvements over last year … We won this week and I still think we have room to grow like any team does, like any golfer does.”

The first day of the tournament proved to be tough due to the playing conditions on the course, they weren’t ideal on a chilly windy day. But nonetheless the Jackrabbits overcame some adversity and pulled out a win.

“With the conditions yesterday (Monday) nobody played their best golf,” Baszler said. “This tournament is a good measuring stick for our program. As young as both teams are, especially the women it was nice to see both teams get it done.”

Freshamn Grant Smith has done his part, early on in his career. He placed sixth place in the Jackrabbit Invitational coming in second on the team helping boost SDSU towards a victory. 

“He doesn’t act like a freshman therefore he doesn’t play like a freshman, “Baszler said. “When a freshman comes in and shoots a 66 in the final round of the tournament that we are contention for really says a lot what his potential is going forward, just phenomenal.”

The other senior and leader on the team, Lukas Davison who tied for 24th with 227 strokes was excited to play in Sioux Falls being from Fargo, N.D. wanted to beat the college in his home town.

“We can always count on him,” Baszler said. “He really wanted to beat NDSU, so it was extra special for him today too. We shared a special little talk today after the round.”

The Jacks women will now shift focus to the UMKC Fall Invitational in Kansas City, Mo. on Monday Sept. 30. The men will travel to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Sunday Oct. 6 to play in the Cabo Del Sol Intercollegiate (Santa Clara) tournament.