(BY STEVE CARPENTER)
(HUTCHINSON CC SPORTS INFORMATION)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sophomore Charlie Crockett captured his fifth career individual championship and the No. 4-ranked Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team won its first tournament of the 2019 fall season on Tuesday.
The Blue Dragons shot a second-straight team round of 304 to win the KCK Fall Classic at Dub’s Dread Golf Course in Kansas City, Kansas. The Blue Dragons shot 608 in the 36-hole tournament, defeating runner-up Washburn University by eight strokes. Rockhurst university was third at 632, followed by Kansas City (634), Barton (635) and Bethel College (700).
The Blue Dragons led Kansas City by only three strokes at the beginning of the day. The Blue Devils shot 327 in the final round. Washburn had a second-straight 308 and Rockhurst had a 317 in tough scoring conditions.
Crockett captured the first title of his sophomore season after earning four in a PING All-America season as a freshman in 2018-19. Crockett carded a second-straight even-par 72 on Tuesday. He was tied with KCK’s Cam Riley to begin the day. Riley carded a 77 to finish second five strike behind Crockett.
Five Blue Dragon golfers finish in the Top 12 individually.
Freshmen Trey McCrae and Kyle Klopper were in a three-way tie for fifth place at 153. McCrae had a final-round 75 on Tuesday. Klopper, who was one of two Blue Dragon individual players shot a 79 on Tuesday.
Sophomore Nate McCulloch tied for ninth with two other players at 155. McCulloch closed with a 79 on Tuesday. Sophomore Peyton Austin placed in a tie for 12th with a second-straight 78 to finish at 156.
Freshman Tyler Trudo had a 79 on Tuesday and finished at 162. Freshman individual Nolan Sughroue had a tough day after a promising start on Monday. Tied for fifth at the start of the second round, Sughroue had an 86 on Tuesday and finished at 162.
The Blue Dragons return to the Kansas City metro area in two weeks for the Park University Invitational on October 21-22.