LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – In their last fall tournament of the season, Seattle U men’s golf traveled to Little Rock, Ark., for the first time for their debut in the Little Rock Invitational. The tournament, hosted from Oct. 22-23 at the Chenal Country Club, was hosted by the University of Arkansas Little Rock, with 17 teams and 90 total golfers competing (a number of whom are nationally ranked). Entries included Abilene Christian, Arizona, No. 23 (Golf Coaches Association of America Poll) Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, Houston Baptist, Illinois State, Lamar, Little Rock, Miami (OH), Missouri State, Seattle, Stephen F. Austin State, ULM, UNLV and UT Arlington. Seattle U finished in a tie for fifth place with a total score of 20 over par.
Astonishingly, the top three Redhawks all finished tied for 24th place, with scores of five-over 221 on the par-72 course. Freshman Nathan Cogswell started off strong with a round of 70, then shot 76 and 75 in the last two rounds. Classmate Jack Rahon finished the first round with a score of 76, but shot an incredible 69 in the second round and another round of 76 to tie with Cogswell. Sophomore Gabe Spach stayed more even-keeled throughout the tournament, posting solid rounds of 73, 74 and 74 – as a result, he was able to draw even with the two freshmen. Junior Greg Gionfriddo (74-73-75) finished right behind with six-over 222, while fellow junior Zack Overstreet posted rounds of 75, 79 and 79 to cap things off at 17-over 233.
After three months of rest and practice, the Redhawks will head to sunny Newport Beach, Calif., to compete in the UC Irvine Invitational on Feb. 11-12.