SALINA, Kan. – The Fort Hays State men’s golf team improved by nine strokes from day one to day two at the Kansas Wesleyan Fall Invitational this week, finishing in a tie for ninth place. After sitting in 10th with a first round score of 315, the team fought through a weather delay to post a 306 on Tuesday (Oct. 4). It was the first time the team had four individuals post rounds in the 70s this season.

The tournament was held at the Salina Country Club, a par-70 course that measured 6,101 yards for the week. Following a sunny and breezy first round, the Tigers dealt with soggy conditions Tuesday after rain drenched the course early that morning.

After struggling to a nine-over 79 on Monday, junior Dalton Ayres rebounded to post a three-over 73 on Tuesday, finishing in a tie for 28th individually. Freshmen Isaiah Grover and Marcus Willey both finished at 18-over 158, tying for 49th place.

Colton Bobek was just five shots back of the leader heading into the second round after firing a five-over 75 in round one, but a second round 86 dropped the freshman into a tie for 57th. Sophomore Cash Hobson was one of just four players in the 77-man field to improve by double-digits between rounds, signing for an eight-over 78 in the second round after battling to a first round 91.

Sterling College won the event with an 11-over 568, placing three golfers in the top six.

After a week off, the Tigers will return to the course when they travel to St. Charles, Mo. for the second MIAA designated event of the season, hosted by Lindenwood University at the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club on October 17-18.

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