TRUDO LEADS STRONG FINISH FOR BLUE DRAGONS IN TEXAS

Sophomore Charlie Crockett tied for seventh and the Blue Dragon men tied for fifth at the Ryan Palmer Foundation Classic on Tuesday in Amarillo, TX
Sophomore Charlie Crockett tied for seventh and the Blue Dragon men tied for fifth at the Ryan Palmer Foundation Classic on Tuesday in Amarillo, TX

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

AMARILLO, Texas – Freshman Tyler Trudo led a strong final-round charge by the No. 10-ranked Hutchinson Community College men's golf team on Tuesday in the final round of the West Texas A&M Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational at Tascosa Golf Club.

Trudo shot a 2-under 69 on Tuesday to guide the Blue Dragons to a fifth-place tie in the 17-team field. The Dragons made a four-spot improvement in the team standings on Tuesday.

For the second time in three rounds, the Blue Dragons shot even par 284 and finished at 7-over 859. The Dragons tied with Colorado State-Pueblo and Arkansas-Fort Smith.

The Blue Dragons were the highest-finishing NJCAA team, finishing one shot ahead of No. 2 Indian Hills.

FINAL RYAN PALMER TEAM RESULTS
FINAL RYAN PALMER INVIVIDUAL RESULTS

The Blue Dragons were consistent in windy conditions on Tuesday. Trudo shot a 2-under 69 to lead the Dragons in the final round. Sophomore Nathan McCulloch carded a 1-under 70. The Blue Dragons also counted sophomore Charlie Crockett's 1-over 72 and a 2-over 73 by freshman Trey McCrae. Sophomore Peyton Austin finished with a final-round 74.

Oklahoma Christian won the tournament by nine strokes with an 840 team title. OCU shot 280 in the final round, as did team runner-up St. Mary's (TX), which finished 849.

The Blue Dragons had tournament rounds of 284 and 291 on Monday and finished with a 284 on Tuesday.

Crockett was the low Blue Dragon for the tournament. Coming into the final round at 4-under, the Hutch sophomore's 72 on Tuesday gave him a 54-hole total of 210 and finished tied for seventh.

Trudo finished tied for ninth at 211. McCulloch jumped 12 spots in the individual standings with a tie for 23rd at 215. Austin tied for 58th at 224. McCrae tied for 72nd with a 228.

The Blue Dragons next compete at the Missouri Southern Invitational on Sept. 22-23 in Monkey Island, Oklahoma.