The ACU golf team wrapped up its first tournament of the fall season Sunday afternoon with a sixteenth place finish at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Wildcats finished with a final score of 65-over-par 929 at the Eisenhower Golf Course on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy. The team opened the tournament in round one with a score of 312 and followed that up with a round of 307. In the final round on Sunday the team shot 310. At the same tournament last year the team finished tied for 13th with Utah at 22-over-par 886.
The GMF Invitational was the first event for the ACU golf season, and the Wildcats finished four strokes behind William and Mary and six strokes behind Southern Utah. UNLV and Texas-El Paso each shot a 1-under 863 to tie for the team championship.
UNLV came back from third place to force the tie with the Miners by shooting a four-under 284 on the final day. Colorado was behind them in third with a 1-over-par 865 while the Air Force Silver team placed seventh with an 898 and the Air Force Blue team was 11th with a 911.
The Wildcat’s five-man team included senior Ryan Beatty, senior Kyle Karnei, junior transfer G.K. Morrison, freshman Bryce Dooley, and freshman Bill Ramage. Morrison was the top individual finisher of the group, finishing for a tie for 50th place at 13-over-par 229 with a final round of 78. Karnei and Beatty tied for 64th with a finish at 17-over-par, Ramage finished with a tie for 69th at 18-over-par, and Dooley finished with a tie for 88th at 28-over-par.
The Wildcats will travel next week to Ruston, Louisiana to compete at the Squire Creek Invitational at Squire Creek Country Club.