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SIU men’s golf ties for eighth at Wolf Run Intercollegiate tourney

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By Nathan Dodd

The SIU men’s golf team finished in the middle of the pack at the 16-team Wolf Run Intercollegiate tournament, tying for an eighth-place finish at the conclusion of the three-day competition in Zionsville, Indiana.

Round 1 (Sept. 8)

SIU ended the first round of play by shooting a score of 306 collectively.

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Junior Hunter York shot a 75 thru 18 holes, posting the best individual score for the Salukis. York sank four birdies which played a major role in his 4-over-par score on Friday.

Close behind York were junior teammates Luke Gannon and Peyton Wilhoit, each posting scores of 76. Gannon found the cup for two birdies while Wilhoit added a team-high five on day one. Both golfers finished the first round at 5-over.

Rounding out the rest of the Saluki squad was sophomore Sam Meek, shooting an 8-over-par 79, and sophomore Frankie Thomas with an 11-over-par 82.

Round 2 (Sept. 9)

The Salukis improved their scores on Saturday by shooting a combined team score of 298.

Gannon led SIU on day two by posting a 2-over-par 73 with three birdies. A Saluki tournament-high six birdies from Meek secured a 3-over-par 74 for the sophomore.

Thomas and York were close on the heels of their teammates, each claiming three birdies during their round while shooting a 4-over-par 75 and 5-over-par 76 respectively.

Wilhoit experienced a less fortunate round than he had on day one, finishing with a 9-over-par 80 to complete the Saluki scorecard.

Round 3 (Sept. 10)

SIU duplicated their score from day one of the tournament by posting a team score of 306.

Meek ended his tournament by carding a 3-over-par 74 for the second day in a row. Wilhoit bounced back on the final day by posting a 4-over-par 75 on two birdies, his best round of the tournament.

York tacked on two more birdies in his final round for a total of nine throughout the weekend, finishing with a 6-over-par 77.

Gannon and Thomas each finished with a 9-over-par 80 in their final round to complete the Salukis tournament.

Final Standings

The finish on Sunday was good enough to place the Salukis in a tie for eighth overall with North Texas. Each squad combined for a three-day total of 910 strokes, 58 strokes above par.

Taking the overall victory at Wolf Run Intercollegiate was the University of Kentucky, posting a team score of 20-over-par 872.

On the individual leaderboard, Sam Meek tied for 26th with a score of 227 throughout all three rounds. Rounding out the rest of the Saluki roster in the individual standings was Hunter York (t-32nd), Luke Gannon (t-36th), Peyton Wilhoit (t-41st) and Frankie Thomas (t-67th).

Up Next

SIU’s next competition will take place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Cedar Rapids, IA on Sept. 17-19. The Challenge will be hosted by the University of Iowa and take place at the Cedar Rapids Country Club.

Sports writer Nathan Dodd can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @NathanMDodd.

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