The Fort Lewis College men’s golf team’s welcome to the spring was a good one despite lousy weather conditions.
The Skyhawks sit in second place after Monday’s Day 1 of the 15-team Crawford-Wade invitational at Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center in Pottsboro, Texas.
The tournament was shortened to just 36 total holes – 18 each day – because of rainy, windy and cold conditions.
FLC fired a team total of 297, putting them nine shots in back of St. Mary’s (Texas), which shot a 288 to take the team lead into the final day today. Arksansas-Fort Smith is in third with 298, while Texas A&M-Commerce is in fourth after carding a 300.
Senior Charlie Laudermilk ended the day in fourth place individually after shooting a 70, putting him two shots off the lead of St. Mary’s golfer Matt Van Winkle. Sophomore Zach Bryant is tied for 12th place after carding a 74.
“The boys worked hard all winter long to kind of prepare, and the weather seems to be right up our alley. ... This is (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) weather,” FLC assistant coach Guy Begay said.
Bryan Schlichter shot a 76, while Lucas Laudick fired a 77 for the Skyhawks. Durango High School alumnus and FLC freshman Morgan Miller shot an 83.