Senior Hamish Houston earned his first collegiate victory at the Post Fall Invitational Tuesday afternoon after carding rounds of 71 - 72. Houston’s 143 (+1) total was his lowest career 36-hole score and was good enough for a 2-shot victory of SNHU’s Sam Riemer.
During round one, the Spartans faced extremely difficult conditions with winds gusting at 30 mph and periods of heavy rain falling. Houston put together an amazing round of 71, dropping four birdies, two bogeys and one double during a period of heavy rain. Senior Michael Miranda had the Spartans second best round posting a 76. Miranda had a very difficult start making the turn at 7-over par, but was able to make a charge on his back nine to finish at 5-over for his first eighteen. Sophomore Shkelqim Kukaj continued his solid play for the team shooting a first round 79 while Jack Phillips rounded out the team scoring with an 84. The team’s first round 310 left them in 5th place after day one.
On day two the Spartans came out ready to play and it showed. Houston came out firing, making three birdies in his first fifteen holes, but had two late blunders to card a final round 72. Miranda picked up where he left off yesterday and battled to a 1-under par 70. Shkelqim Kukaj battled back from 4-over through his first five holes to card an impressive 1-over par 72. Tom Holmes bounced back from an uncharacteristic round to shoot 77 in round two. The Spartans day two score of 291 (+7) was the low round of the tournament and propelled the team up two spots for a 3rd place finish.
The Spartans close out the fall campaign at the LeMoyne Fall preview this weekend.