Fort Lewis College struggled to a ninth-place result at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences first tournament of the year.
Colorado School of Mines won the two-day tournament at The Bridges Golf & Country Club in Montrose. The Orediggers, backed by four players in the top 10, shot 294-287-290871 for a 19-over par on the 7,207-yard, par-71 course. They finished one stroke better than CSU-Pueblo.
Sean Thomas of CSU-Pueblo won the conference opener. He shot 71-73-71215 for a 2-over par and a two-shot victory over five golfers.
Charlie Laudermilk, the Skyhawks three-time regional qualifier, returned from a foot injury to lead FLC in a two-way tie for 27th place. Laudermilk shot 75-74-78227 for 14-over par.
Also for FLC: Lucas Laudick tied for 30th at 229; John Thomsen tied for 32nd at 230; Bryan Schlicter tied for 34th at 231; and Morgan Miller, a Durango High School alumnus, tied for 50th at 242.
FLC shot 315-302-296913 to finish ninth at 61-over par, 11 strokes better than last-place Adams State at the first of two fall RMAC tournaments.