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Bulldogs Continue Fall Campaign At Ram Master Invitational

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: September 13, 2012
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WHAT'S AHEAD
The Drake men's golf team continues its fall campaign this week traveling to Fort Collins, Colo., to compete in the 15-team Ram Master Invitational next Monday (Sept. 17) and Tuesday (Sept. 18).  The 54-hole event, hosted by the Colorado State University, will be held at the Fort Collins Country Club.  Golfers will tee off starting with shotgun starts at 9:00 a.m. CT both days.

The 15-team field includes: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Denver, DePaul, Drake, Illinois State, Mercer, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Southern Utah, Weber State, Wichita State and Wyoming.

A LOOK BACK
Freshman Will McDonald (Sapulpa, Okla.) registered a final-round 74 to lead Drake to a sixth-place finish at the Fairway Club Invitational on Tuesday (Sept. 11), as the Bulldogs carded a three-round total of 920 (298-311-311=920).

Battling windy conditions throughout the final 18 holes, McDonald fired his lowest score, 74, as a collegian concluding his first tournament with 229 (79-76-74=229) score en route to collecting a team-best 18th-place showing.

Junior Matt Ohl (Milford, Iowa) finished one stoke off McDonald's pace, carding a tournament score of 230 (74-78-78=230), which tied for 20th place.

Redshirt sophomore Devin Leland (Huxley, Iowa) had his struggles in the conditions on Tuesday (Sept. 11), scoring a final-round 83, to conclude his tournament tied for 27th with a 54-hole total of 232 (71-78-83=232).

Rounding out Drake's contingent were sophomore Blake Huser (Altoona, Iowa) and junior Connor Steele (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) with scores of 159 (77-79-81=237/T-48th) and 159 (76-83-78=237/T-48th), respectively.

DRAKE RESULTS: Will McDonald (79-76-74=229/T-18th), Matt Ohl (74-78-78=230/T-20th), Devin Leland (71-78-83=232/T-27th), Connor Steele (76-83-78=237/T-48th) and Blake Huser (77-79-81=237/T-48th).

DRAKE HEAD COACH MATT LEWIS
Matt Lewis
is in his second season leading the Drake's men's golf program after being named head coach on July 26, 2011.

In his first campaign directing the Bulldogs, Drake turned in top-10 finishes in six tournaments and was led by Devin Leland and Blake Huser, who posted scoring averages of 76.3 and 76.8, respectively.

In a finish where only eight strokes separated the third- to eighth-place finishers, Drake earned a seventh-place showing at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship on the strength of a 910 (303-292-315) score.

Huser tied for 12th at the State Farm MVC Championship.  Also earning tournament flags for top-18 finishes were Ben Lyons and Dane Worley, who tied for 18th place.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs step out of tournament play as Drake will travel to Omaha, Neb., to battle Creighton in a dual match on Sept. 26.

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