The Drake men’s golf team stormed to a fourth-place finish at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Tournament on Tuesday. Seniors Ben Freeman and Cody Schweinefus tied for sixth overall.
After finishing 11th at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence, Kan., last week, the men’s golf team was back in Kansas a week later for the Colbert Invitational in Manhattan, Kan. The tournament was a two-day, 54-hole tournament, with 36 holes played on Monday and 18 played on Tuesday. After the first 36 holes, the Bulldogs stood in fifth place with a total score of 612, with senior Ben Freeman leading the way with a 146 total, good enough for fifth place individually.
Despite the top-five standing, Drake Head Coach Scott Bohlender wasn’t pleased.
“The first day was awful,” Bohlender said. “The second day got better, but we should be competing at every tournament.”
The Bulldogs finished the third and final round on Tuesday. The Bulldogs shot a 299 total for the round, finishing with a 911 three-day total. Freeman shot a 76 on Tuesday, while Schweinefus had a 74. Both finished with three-round totals of 222.
“This tournament went pretty well, a good tournament for me,” Freeman said. “We should be competing at every tournament with the roster that we have, but as soon as we can get rid of our dumb shots, we can meet the high expectations that we have for this team.”
The men’s team will have a quick turnaround, going to the Illinois State Invitational in Normal, Ill., this weekend.
The women’s team was also in action this week, competing in the two-day Badger Invitational in Madison, Wis.
The team finished with a total of 945 in the three-round, two-day tournament, good enough for an 11th-place finish.
Senior Michelle Mathwick was the Bulldog’s low scorer, finishing the tournament with a score of 230, good enough for 22nd place individually.
“I was happy with our effort in (Tuesday’s) final round to shoot our second-lowest round of the fall at 312, and have three players card in the 70s,” Drake Head Coach Leanne Smith said in a Drake athletics press release. “Michelle (Mathwick) had another great tournament for us and is showing strong leadership as a senior for our young team.”
The Bulldog’s next tournament will be the Florida International Pat Bradley Invite on Oct. 25 and 26 in Fort Myers, Fla.