Flying across the country can negatively affect any team from any sport. The time change, the different climate and other factors can take a toll on a team.
The Idaho men’s golf team did not seem to let anything bother it as it took third out of 14 teams Sept. 11-13 at the Doc Gimmler Invitational in Farmingdale, New York.
The Vandals shot a three-round 832, nine strokes behind the winner, Yale.
Sophomore Jared du Toit led Idaho with a 5-under-par 205, earning a fifth-place tie with Harvard’s Kendrick Vinar. Du Toit shot a 5-under-par 65 in the third round, which was tied for the low-round score.
Junior Rylee Iacolucci and senior Aaron Cockerill followed closely behind their teammate du Toit as both shot a 1-under-par 209, earning them a tie for 14th place with three other players.
Senior Sean McMullen shot a 2-over-par 212 to tie for 24th and sophomore Ryan Porch shot a 5-over-par 215 to tie for 35th. There were 75 golfers in the field, so every Vandal finished in the top half.
Yale shot an 823 to win the invitational and Loyola-Maryland finished with an 828 to finish second. Loyola shot a 270 in the third round, the low-round score, to help solidify its second-place finish.
Army finished fourth, but led after the first round with a 277.
Matt Oshrine of Loyola dominated the invitational with a 16-under-par 194 to win the tournament. He led the field from the conclusion of the first round to the end of the third.
Kai Rastetter of St. Thomas Aquinas finished second with a 10-under-par 200 and Dylan Crowley of St. John’s took third with a 7-under-par 203. Rastetter’s 9-under-par 61 in the second round proved to be the lowest-round score of the invitational.
The Vandals return to action Sept. 29 and 30 at the Itani Classic in Pullman.
Garrett Cabeza can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org