FLC golfers blown back to 6th

Laudermilk leads the ’Hawks with a runner-up result

The Skyhawks had a shot at the top, but some odd Texas weather wreaked havoc on that idea.

The Fort Lewis College men’s golf team finished sixth at the 2013 Texoma Chevy Dealers Crawford-Wade Invitational on Tuesday at the Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center in Pottsboro, Texas.

FLC was led by senior Charlie Laudermilk, who finished tied for second with a 145 (70-75), and sophomore Zach Bryant, who finished tied for seventh with a 148 (74-74).

FLC, which played through high winds and the threat of a big snowstorm, finished with a 608 total.

St. Mary’s of Texas won the tournament with a 589 total behind medalist Matthew Van Winkle’s 142 and Kirby Gorzell’s 145.

Arkansas-Fort Smith was second with 600, and tournament host Texas A&M-Commerce was third with 601.

Harding and Paris Community College bumped the Skyhawks from the top five in the 15-team tournament with scores of 602 and 607, respectively.

The Skyhawks were in second place after Day 1, but FLC assistant golf coach Guy Begay said the weather hurt his team, which was looking forward to 54 holes instead of the shortened 36.

“The conditions were pretty brutal. Really, really windy,” said Begay, who thought the Skyhawks’ superior conditioning would’ve helped them on a full schedule.

FLC junior Bryan Schlichter finished tied for 39th with a 157, sophomore Lucas Laudick shot a 158 to tie for 43rd, and freshman and Durango High School alumnus Morgan Miller finished tied for 67th with a 165.

“I think we did really well,” Begay said. “I’m not 100-percent pleased, but I am kind of pleased the team played this well early in the season.”

Especially with about a foot of snow still sitting on the Skyhawks’ home course.

“We’re still trying to knock off a bit of rust.”

FLC has a month-long break before the Grand Canyon University Thunderbird Invitational on March 24-25 at the Wigwam Golf Resort Heritage Course in Litchfield Park, Ariz.