AMARILLO, TX – The Indian Hills men’s golf team opened the fall season with an eighth-place finish at the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational.
The Warriors were one of the two junior college programs in the 17-team field. IHCC made up a little ground after the opening round of the 54-hole tournament at the Tascosa Country Club, improving from 10th after 18 holes by posting the third-best score of the second round with a 284. Indian Hills bested a dozen other schools over the final 18 holes, winding up just one shot out of a tie for fifth place and three strokes out of fourth place.
Freshman Harry Fearn used a second-round three-under par 68 and a final-round even-par 71 to claim a top-ten finish. Fearn’s 211 total was good for a tie for 9th place and was two-under for the invite.
The Indian Hills lineup featured three players who were on last spring’s national tournament runner-up squad. Jesse MacNaughtan shot a one-under 70 in the second round and he ended up in a tie for 28th with a 216 score.
Harry Doig’s 217 earned him a tie for 32nd. Ethan Keane tied for 62nd place.
Freshman Cyril Henault overcame a slow start for IHCC and fired rounds of 74 and 71 to wind up at 231.
Oklahoma Christian ran away with the team title, shooting 12-under par, nine strokes better than St. Mary’s (Tex.). OCU’s Andres Brictson and Midwestern State’s Jake Doggett tied for medalist honors at 205, eight-under par.
Indian Hills will host its own Warrior Challenge Sept. 16-17 at the Preserve on Rathbun Lake. IHCC will play in six events this fall, ending with the NJCAA National Preview in Odessa, Tex. Oct. 31-Nov. 1.