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Third-ranked Wildcats place fourth at Ryan Palmer Foundation Invite

Published On: Oct 09 2012 05:13:16 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas -

Led by senior Alex Carpenter's ninth-place par score of 213, the third-ranked Abilene Christian golf team finished fourth at this week's three-round Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational here at the Tascosa Golf Club. Carpenter shot 2-under 69 in the first round and 1-over 72 during rounds two and three.

Junior Trey Sullivan (2-over-215) and sophomore Corbin Renner (3-over-216) also placed among the top-20 individuals in a field that featured 90 competitors from 17 schools, but the Wildcats ultimately could not catch winner and 13th-ranked Colorado School of Mines nor first-day clubhouse leader Colorado State-Pueblo. The Orediggers beat their in-state rivals for the team title by one stroke, 4-over-856 to 5-over-857, after shooting par-284 during Tuesday's final round.

Junior Trey Sullivan (2-over-215) and sophomore Corbin Renner (3-over-216) also placed among the top-20 individuals in a field that featured 90 competitors from 17 schools, but the Wildcats ultimately could not catch winner and 13th-ranked Colorado School of Mines nor first-day clubhouse leader Colorado State-Pueblo. The Orediggers beat their in-state rivals for the team title by one stroke, 4-over-856 to 5-over-857, after shooting par-284 during Tuesday's final round.

The Rattlers, bolstered today by rounds of 2-under-69 from runner-up Michael Lee and John Ahern, finished third overall in the team standings at 6-over-858, while 18th-ranked St. Edward's fell all the way from second into a tie for fifth with UC-Colorado Springs at 15-over-867. The Hilltoppers today shot 13-over-297 after beginning their final round one stroke out of first place.

The Wildcats began the invitational with rounds of 291 and 284 and were seven strokes behind Pueblo at the end of Monday. They then shot a final round score of 289 today, preventing them from making up ground on the leaderboard even though they finished with the most birdies at 53.

Renner recorded the team's lowest score of the week with a 4-under-67 in the second round, and Sullivan today shot a 3-under-68.

The Ryan Palmer Foundation was founded on January 9, 2004 by Amarillo native and current PGA Professional Ryan Palmer. The foundation provides activities such as youth golf clinics, special community golf programs, scholarship programs, educational programs, and benevolence to local youth and organizations in need.

The Wildcats return to action next week, Oct. 14 to 16, for the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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