Panthers men’s golf appears in Ram Masters Invitational

DREW HILL, Opinion Columnist

   The UNI men’s golf team hit the road this week to play in the 2021 Ram Masters Invitational in Colorado. This tournament was hosted by Colorado State at the Fort Collins Country Club (FCCC). The field included 16 teams, as well as an independent team from Colorado.

Play began on Monday, Sept. 20, with the first two rounds being played on that day. The third round was played Tuesday. Fairly low temperatures and 16-25 mile-per-hour winds contributed to above-average scores. According to FCCC Head Professional Tristen Fay, these were unusual weather conditions. As a result, no teams finished with a below-par score on Monday.

Northern Colorado led after day one, and UNI ended the day in 14th place. The UNI men score for round one was 337, and their round two score was 316. Griffin Parker had a strong showing for UNI on Monday. Parker ended round one in a tie for 46th but moved up to a tie for ninth following a +1 second round, good for a top three score. Thomas Storbeck of UNI also finished the day in a tie for 46th. Ben Bermel, Thomas Doyle and Alex Pries rounded out UNI’s top five with places of a tie for 74th, 81st and a tie for 84th respectively.

Tuesday brought more normal weather, and all the teams’ scores were much lower. UNI improved their team score for round three to 307 but dropped from 14th to 15th place to finish. The team finished with a total score of 960, good for +120. Parker finished in a tie for 12th place at +20. Storbeck finished in a tie for 46th, Pries and Doyle tied for 82nd and Bermel finished in 85th. The Ram Masters Invitational champion as a team was Colorado State. 

The UNI men’s golf team will hit the links next on Sept. 27-28 at the Zach Johnson Invitational at Drake University in Des Moines.