Caleb Harms shot a career-best round 74 in the third round.
Oct. 2, 2012
By John Lock
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Southern Illinois men's golf team finished sixth at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate on Tuesday. SIU junior Caleb Harms led the Salukis and placed 25th overall. All five scoring Saluki golfers finished within four strokes of each other in the 54-hole tournament.
"We played better today and made up some ground that we spotted people on the first day," head coach Leroy Newton said. "Caleb (Harms) and George (Tate) came through with a couple great rounds, and they played really well. We'll learn to take advantage of opportunities like this as the year goes on."
After shooting back-to-back 83's on Monday, Harms improved nine strokes for the final round and posted a 74. Harms' effort led a 17-stroke improvement in the team score for the Salukis from the second to third round. The tournament was Harms' third for SIU and his first time leading the team.
Brandon Cauldwell (241) and Drew Novara (241) tied for 26th overall, just one shot and four places ahead of Jake Erickson (242). George Tate posted the best third-round score on the team in the final round (72) and finished tied for 36th with a 244. Ryan Haxel competed as an individual and tied for 51st.
SIU came into the final round tied with Nebraska-Omaha for sixth place, but the Salukis shot six strokes better in the final round to take the sixth spot. SIU also made up three strokes on fifth-place Creighton in the final round but came four shots short of overtaking the Bluejays for the fifth spot.
Kansas State won the tournament by 11 strokes over Idaho. Missouri State's Daily Young won the tournament by a stroke over Kansas State's Daniel Wood. Young shot a 54-hole total of 219 to take the individual crown.
The Salukis are back in action on Oct. 8-9 for the Skyhawk Fall Classic. Southern swept both the team and individual titles at the tournament last year. Jake Erickson won the individual title.
51.) Ryan Haxel: 85-89-82 (256)*
*Competed as an individual
1.) Kansas State: 301-308-292 (901)
2.) Idaho: 308-304-300 (912)
3.) Valparaiso: 321-318-299 (938)
4.) Missouri State: 311-326-302 (939)
5.) Creighton: 314-326-309 (949)
6.) Southern Illinois: 324-323-306 (953)
7.) Nebraska-Omaha: 315-332-312 (959)
t-8.) Western Illinois: 328-332-308 (968)
t-8.) Drake: 325-331-312 (968)