FINDLAY, Ohio - The Lake Superior State University men's golf team posted its highest finish of the 2017 fall season to date as the Lakers placed tied for fifth place at the 2017 Findlay (Ohio) Invitational, which was held Sept. 24-25 at both the Red Hawk Run Golf Course and the Findlay Country Club.
Lake Superior State registered identical 295 scores for both rounds to tally a two-day 590 stroke total, which was 14 strokes over par. The Lakers finished in a three-way tie for fifth with host Findlay and Bellarmine. Indianapolis and Malone both gained a share of first place by firing two-over par 578 scores while Grand Valley State was third at 579 (+3) and Wayne State captured fourth place after shooting a 580 score (+4).
LSSU began the 2017 season with a 14th-place showing (300-301=601) at the Saginaw Valley State Al Watrous Invitational (Sept. 9-10) and then followed by accumulating a 595 team score (301-294=595) to achieve sixth place status at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Invitational (Sept. 16-17).
The opening round on Sunday (Sept. 24) was held at the par 72, 7,155-yard Red Hawk Run Golf Course while Monday's (Sept. 25) final-round action took place at the par 72, 6747-yard Findlay Country Club.
Jason Kerr was the Lakers' top finisher for the third straight time this fall as the senior compiled a personal season-best 143 score (72-71=143, -1) to tie four other individuals for sixth place. Kerr moved up eight places after finishing the first round tied for 14th place. He surpassed his two-round 146-stroke total at the GLIAC North Invitational the previous weekend (Sept. 16-17).
Freshman Nick Oosterhof continued his progression in his first collegiate season by carding a season-best 145-stroke output (74-71=145, +1), which was good for a 13th-place tie. Oosterhof surged up the individual leaderboard in the final round, sliding up 13 places after being tied for 26th-place honors following round one play. Oosterhof's previous best two-round score was 150 at the GLIAC North Invite.
Junior Gavin MacIver also generated a personal season best at the Findlay Invitational, shooting a five-over 149 (74-75=149) to be among 10 golfers to receive a tie for 25th place. He bettered his previous top score by a stroke, which was established at the GLIAC North Invitational.
Finishing tied for 51st place was freshman Ryan Page, who concluded action with a 153 score (75-78=153, +9) while senior Mitchell Toth turned in his most productive two-round score this season to date with a 59th-place tying 154 (76-78=154, +10). Toth improved his 2017 season-best score by a single stroke, eclipsing his two-day 157 tally at the GLIAC North Invitational.
Indianapolis' Spencer Klimek and Gunner Stein of Saginaw Valley State each was recognized as the tournament's individual medalist as the two both registered seven-over par 151 scores.
Lake Superior State, coached by Andrew McKenney, are idle until next month when the Lakers resume play on the links at the Wayne State Motor City Invitational, which will take place Oct. 15-16 in Detroit, Mich.