The No. 7 ranked Wildcats placed fourth Tuesday at the St. Edwards Invitational, finishing in the top seven of the tournament for the 26th consecutive time despite windy conditions in Austin.
“It was really windy, and that was definitely a factor,” Junior All-American Alex Carpenter said. “At one point all of the flags were laying flat on the ground.”
After a final round score of 11-over-par-299, the ‘Cats came back the final day of the tournament. Jumping No. 5 Chico State (293-309-307-909) and No. 13 Colorado Springs, (293-314-317-924) ACU took fourth place.
“We were able to just pass the top ranked team in the nation, Chico State,” Carpenter said. “That will really help us out in the rankings.”
On Tuesday, Abilene Christian’s final score was the second lowest of the day, just above No. 6 Nova Southeastern, the tournament champions.
“The entire team played really solid this week,” Carpenter said. “EveryoneÂ finished in the top 25 percent, and that’s a huge accomplishment.
Carpenter was the top finisher for the Wildcats with a final score of par 216 with rounds of 72-72-72. Following Carpenter were freshman Corbin Renner, finishing in 15th place at 229, (77-77-75) and sophomore Trey Sullivan tied for 16th at 230. (77-77-76) Junior Kyle Dickerson and freshman Luke Carpenter tied at 21st with 231.
“I had to work pretty hard to play even every day so I was really happy with that,” Carpenter said. “Both of our freshman played really solid, and Trey stepped up too.”
Nova Southeastern won the tournament, finishing 19-over-par 883. Barry followed in second at 888 (297-292-299), and St. Edwards came in third at 900. (296-304-301)
The golf team will return to action Sunday, as they travel to Fort Worth for the UST Mamiya Texas Intercollegiate.