The M State-Fergus Falls golf team came up just one stroke short on Saturday at the Spartan Invitational against Valley City State University.
Competing on the par 72 Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls, the Spartans saw Valley City State card 306 for the team victory; Valley City State was lead by medalist Tanner Schnathorst of Valley City with a score of 72.
Spartan freshman Grant Inniger and John Vall finished runner-up and 3rd respectively with scores of 75 and 76 and four Spartans carded scores in the 70's. On the women's side, Valley City State had the only team score of 352; the Spartans' Carley Baumann shot a 95.
1.Valley City State University- 306
2. M State- Fergus Falls – 307
M State Men's Individual Results:
Grant Inniger- 75
John Vall- 76
Wyatt Blomseth- 77
Carter Justesen- 79
Trevor Dalbec- 82
Valley City State Men's Individual Results:
Tanner Schnathorst- 72
Collin Hess- 77
Taylor FInlayson- 78
Brady Warcken- 79
Jayden Ewoniak- 84
M State Women's Individual Results:
Carley Baumann- 95
Valley City State Women's Individual Results:
Hayley Shanks- 83
Taren Braunberger- 88
Jocelyn Braunberger- 90
Maddie Wilkie- 91
Megan McNamee- 93
Gabby Wilkie- 97
According to Spartans head coach Jason Retzlaff: "On the men's side it was a bittersweet day. I thought we showed a lot of positive signs and put up a nice score today. Four scores in the 70's is always nice as well. As competitors, it grinds on us a bit to come up a single shot short against a very good Valley City State golf program. It's the first of numerous tournaments we will have against 4 year colleges and will no doubt serve us well to play such quality opponents. I was very happy with the play of Grant Inniger and John Vall today. It was fantastic to have our freshman play as well as they did leading the way for us. It is the start of a lot of great golf they will play for the Spartans." Retzlaff went on to note: "On the women's side Carley Baumann had a very nice round us. She got off to a slow start but hit a lot of nice shots-including a chip in for birdie on the ninth hole. She will continue to get better throughout the Fall."
The Spartans will next compete on Monday and Tuesday at the University of Jamestown Fall Classic. It is a two day event that will take place at Crossroads Golf Club in Carrington, ND.
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