After a subpar performance – or well above par, given the game – at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener last week at The Bridges Golf and Country Club in Montrose, the Fort Lewis College men’s golf team swung back in the RMAC No. 2 in a big way.
FLC won the second conference tournament after three rounds and two days with an 840, 24-under par at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood. FLC shot 274-283 on Monday, then finished with a 283 on Tuesday to beat runner-up Colorado Mesa by three strokes.
“We started off struggling a little bit, kind of let the other schools back in, but we finished strong,” FLC golf coach Bud Andersen said.
“We got out to a shaky start and then kind of buckled down.”
Nathaniel Goddard of Colorado Christian shot 68-65-68–201 to win the tournament at 15-under par.
Brandon Bingamann of Colorado Mesa and Charlie Laudermilk of FLC tied for second at 14 under, while Sean Robbins of Colorado Mesa, Lucas Laudick of FLC and James Berry of CSU-Pueblo tied for fourth at 8 under.
Laudermilk shot 67-67-68–202 and Laudick 68-71-69–208.
In his second week back after recovering from a broken foot, Laudermilk finished a tournament-best 6 under on par 4s, while Laudick tied three others for a tournament-best 9 under on par 5s.
Laudermilk, 3-for-3 at qualifying for regionals at FLC, trailed only Bingamann’s 21 birdies in 54 holes with 18.
The rest of FLC:
T12. Bryan Schlicter, 67-70-75–212, 4-under par.
35. John Thomsen, 72-75-73–220, 4-over par.
T42. Dillon Washburn, 75-75-73–223, 7-over par.
“It was an all-around team effort,” Andersen said.
Colorado School of Mines finished third at the final fall tournament of the season at 13-under par, Colorado Christian was fourth at 8 under, and Montana State-Billings and CSU-Pueblo tied for fifth at 7 under as the only other teams to finish below par.
UC-Colorado Springs’ junior varsity finished seventh out of 10 teams.