The Chadron State College golf team closed out the fall portion of its 2021-22 schedule on Tuesday, placing seventh at the eight-team Samuel Proal Invitational at Pueblo Country Club.
The Eagles shot their second-lowest round of the fall on Tuesday, and they finished with their second-lowest two-round total so far this season, by carding 323-317-640. They showed the biggest improvement of any team in the field, from Monday to Tuesday, cutting six strokes off their first-round score.
Leading the team for the first time in her career, but playing as an individual, was junior Jordan Grasis, who placed 22nd with a score of 80-78-158. She was one of only five players in the tournament to deliver an Eagle, finishing her 495-yard, par-five 11th hole in three strokes. It is the first two-under-par hole by a CSC player this season.
Leading the scoring players for Chadron State were junior Alpine Hickstein and sophomore Kenzey Kanno, who tied for 23rd place with two other golfers. Hickstein rallied in round two with an 81-78-159 total, while Kanno led the team in round one firing 77-82-159.
Sophomore Allison Acosta provided the lowest round of all the Eagles players for the tournament, scoring 76 on Tuesday to total 160 strokes and tie for 27th.
Another pair of sophomores, Kinsey Smith and Brooke Kramer, each contributed an 81 – Smith on Monday and Kramer on Tuesday, to be included in the team score. Smith finished tied for 31st with a 163, while Kramer tied for 37th in 167 strokes.
In a highly competitive finish, host Colorado State University-Pueblo took the team title at 604 strokes, besting both Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs by three. Only six strokes separated the top five placers.
Thitapha Iamtragul of Dodge City Community College finished the course twice in 145 strokes, to win the individual tourney crown. Each of the top five teams had at least one player under 150.
CSC was 11 strokes better than eighth-place Fort Lewis College.
The Eagles will condition through the winter before returning to the links for two events in Las Vegas, Nevada, in early March.
CSC Individual Results:
22, Jordan Grasis, 80-78-158; T23, Alpine Hickstein, 81-78-159; T23, Kenzey Kanno, 77-82-159; T27, 84-76-160; T31, 81-82-163; T37, Brooke Kramer, 86-81-167.
1, CSU-Pueblo, 302-302-604; T2, MSU Denver, 302-305-607; T2, UCCS, 299-308-607; 4, Texas A&M International, 305-303-608; 5, Dodge City C.C., 305-305-610; 6, Regis, 314-312-626; 7, Chadron State, 323-317-640; 8, Fort Lewis, 327-324-651.