Coyote golfers place fourth in championships

Coyote golfers place fourth in championships
The South Dakota men's golf team completed play at the 2006 North Central Conference Championships in fourth-place.

The Coyotes had their best round of the three-day event by carding a 312 on the final day at the Minnehaha Country Club to finish the event with a score of 961. Augustana and Minnesota State tied for the NCC title with identical 928 scores, with North Dakota in third with a 942. St. Cloud State, who entered the day in third, had its entire team disqualified due to a rules violation.

Sophomore Brett Bennet (Sioux Falls) finished in a tie for fifth-place by going 79-77-77 – 233, which was only six strokes back of medalist Mitch Olinger of Minnesota State. Bennet was one of only five golfers in the entire event to turn in scores of 70s in all three rounds.

Freshman Brian Bye (Gayville) and junior Ryan Bak (Beresford) both shot a 76 on the final day, which tied for the second-best round of the day. With their strong performances in the third day, Bye finished in a tie for 12th-place (240) while Bak tied for 14th (241).

Sophomore Matt Rantapaa (Lead) concluded the event in 19th-place with his total of 251, including a score of 84 on the final day. Freshman Matt Turner (Bowdle) saved his best round of the tournament for the last day with his 83 that brought his total to 254 to stand in 20th.

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