CROCKETT’S 5-UNDER ROUND PACES BLUE DRAGONS

Charlie Crockett fires a 5-under 67 on Tuesday at the Missouri Southern Fall Invite to post the Blue Dragons' best individual round score in three seasons. (Photo courtesy Missouri Southern Sports Information)
Charlie Crockett fires a 5-under 67 on Tuesday at the Missouri Southern Fall Invite to post the Blue Dragons' best individual round score in three seasons. (Photo courtesy Missouri Southern Sports Information)

MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. – Hutchinson Community College freshman Charlie Crockett posted the best single round of the season on Tuesday during the final round of the Missouri Southern Fall Invitational at Shangri La Country Club.

Crockett posted a round of 5-under par 67 in the final round on Tuesday. Crockett bogeyed the first and last holes he played and sandwiched in seven birdies. Crockett had rounds of 69 and 73 on Monday.

Crockett is only the fourth Blue Dragon to shoot 5-under in a round since 2009.

Last year, Matt Percy opened the NJCAA National Tournament with a 5-under 67. Three years ago, Wil Arnold did the asme in the second round of the West Texas A&M Ryan Palmer Foundational Invitational on Sept. 14, 2015. Before Arnold, Dale Middleton shot a 5-under 67 in a Jayhawk Conference-designated tournament on August 31, 2009.

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Crockett and teammate Charlie Herbert tied for third individually at 7-under 209. Herbert had rounds of 72 and 69 on Monday and followed that with a 4-under 68 on Tuesday.

Southeastern Oklahoma State's Zach James won the individual title at 11-under 205.

As a team, the Blue Dragons finished sixth in the predominant NCAA Division II and NAIA field with a 54-hole total of 866. The Dragons were the only NJCAA team in the tournament. Hutch finished out with a 3-over round of 291. The Dragons also counted Peyton Austin and Nathan McCulloch's round of 78 on Tuesday.

Hutchinson finished 18 shots behind team champion Oklahoma Christian.

Austin finished 28th individually at 5-over 221. McCulloch finished tied for 40th at 227. Camron Probert finished 48th at 232 after a final-round 79 on Tuesday.

Blue Dragon individual player Max Ontjes had a big rebound from a tough Monday. Ontjes carded an even-par 72 to finish in a tie for 53rd at 237.

The Blue Dragons are next in action next Monday and Tuesday with the South Dakota State Jackrabbit Classic at the Prairie Club in Valentine, Nebraska.