The Chadron State College golfers wrapped up their second and final day of the Hardrocker Invite on Tuesday, claiming the team title over eight other squads at the Golf Club at Red Rock in Rapid City.
With six other NCAA Division II teams competing, the field represented the most opponents within the division that the CSC program has claimed a tourney title over.
“We didn’t put up our best performance,” said CSC Head Golf Coach John Ritzen, “but it was enough. It was a challenging course that demanded some precise approach shots. A win is nice, but we’re excited to compete in Marshall, Minnesota, and to improve.”
For the first time in her career, sophomore two-sport athlete Kinsey Smith turned in the lowest score for CSC. The rookie on the newly-minted CSC women’s wrestling team, from Windsor, Colorado, parred 19 of 36 holes to tie for fourth-most pars in the field. She carded 80-82 162 to finish one stroke off her career tournament mark and set a new career high tournament placing, taking seventh.
Junior Chadron native Alpine Hickstein led CSC on Tuesday by firing an 81 on the final 18. Together with an 83 on Monday, she finished at 164, good for eighth place. Hickstein’s two-over-par play on par-threes tied for best at the meet.
Also playing her par-threes well was sophomore Kenzey Kanno who tied Hickstein and one other golfer for the statistical lead there. She placed ninth by leading the Eagles on Monday with a 79 and coming back with an 88 on Tuesday for a 167 total.
In addition to Smith and Hickstein, the only other golfer to score team strokes both days was sophomore Brooke Kramer, whose score was 84-87-171, tying her for 12th alongside teammate Jordan Grasis, a junior. Kramer was No. 2 at the invite on par-fives, averaging even par.
Sophomore Allison Acosta was one off the team lead on Tuesday, turning in an 82 for an 18th-place 177.
Grasis, playing as an individual, tied for first in the field with five birdies.
Sophomore Josie Rush, also an individual golfer, lopped seven strokes off her career best to finish in the middle of the pack with a 97-89-186.
Chadron State ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 as a team in every statistical category.
The individual tournament winner was Kinsey Irvin, a senior from Montana State-Billings.
The CSC team returns from Rapid City on Tuesday and will make a quick turnaround traveling to Southwest Minnesota State, in Marshall, just a couple days later. The Eagles play the Mustang Invite, at Marshall Golf Club, on Saturday and Sunday.
CSC individual results:
7, Kinsey Smith, 80-82-162; 8, Alpine Hickstein, 83-81-164; 9, Kenzey Kanno, 79-88-167; T12, Jordan Grasis, 88-83-171; T12, Brooke Kramer, 84-87-171; T18, Allison Acosta, 95-82-177; 26, Josie Rush, 97-89-186.
1, Chadron State, 326-332-658; 2, Westminster, 332-329-661; 3, Montana State-Billings, 336-329-665; 4, South Dakota Mines ‘A’, 354-339-693; 5, Dickinson State, 370-380-750; 6, South Dakota Mines ‘B’, 368-396-776; 7, Mary, 380-396-776; 8, Adams State, 387-418-805; 9, Black HIlls State, 401-407-808.