Central Missouri men’s golf finished up the Northeastern State Golf Classic Tuesday afternoon with 18 holes. The Mules, who started the day in a tie for seventh place moved up four spots to finish in a tie for third.
Central Missouri shot a final round even-par 284 and finished 54 holes at +12, 864. Their third round was their best of the tournament and the second-best among all teams in round three.
On day one, the Mules shot well in the first round and were one-over par at 285, and were in the lead after 18 holes. But they struggled later in the afternoon shooting 11-over par 295 and found themselves tied for seventh, 17 strokes behind leaders Central Oklahoma with a 580.
Two Mules finished in the top-20, tied for 14th place, Ian Barnes and Sam Parrott. They both finished with an even-par 71 in round three. Parrot had the best round for Mules shooting one-under, 70 in the first round.
Shayne Allan and John Bonaobra tied for 23rd place, three strokes behind Barnes and Parrott. Bonaobra shot well in round one with an even-par 71 and matched that in round three. Allan also had a 71 final round with a 73 and 74 in rounds one and two.
Matt Hoemann was the Mules’ fifth scorer shooting +14, 227. He had a good first day shooting 73 and 74, but struggled on day two with a +9, 80 and finished tied for 64th. JD Pedersen played as an individual and finished in a tie for 60th place with a +13, 226. Pedersen was consistent with a four-over par 75 in rounds one and three and five-over par round two.
Central Oklahoma was the team leader going into the day and held on to win despite some pressure from Arkansas Tech. They were the only team to be under par with a one-under 848. They won by four strokes over the Wonder Boys who finished at even-par 852. The Bronchos shot seven-under par as a team in round two for a score of 277, the best of the tournament.
The Bronchos’ Alexander Hughes also held on for the individual title shooting a -8 205. His round-two -7 vaulted him into the lead with a two-stroke advantage, which he maintained with an even-par on day three.
Both days saw the weather play a factor. The morning of day one saw rain for nearly two hours at the start. Following the showers, it got humid in the afternoon. Day two had a delay of nearly 90 minutes due to lightning in the area. The Muskogee Country Club is a par-71 course and plays 6,729 yards.
Central Missouri is back in action next week. They go up north to Winona, Minn. for the JR Watkins Invite hosted by Winona State, Sept. 25-26.