DRAGONS FINISH STRONG TO PLACE 2ND AT WASHBURN

The Blue Dragon men's golf team jumped two spots in the team standings on Tuesday to finish as runner-up at the Washburn Invitational on Tuesday in Topeka. (Photo courtesy Joy Smith/Washburn Media Relations)
The Blue Dragon men's golf team jumped two spots in the team standings on Tuesday to finish as runner-up at the Washburn Invitational on Tuesday in Topeka. (Photo courtesy Joy Smith/Washburn Media Relations)

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TOPEKA – The No. 6-ranked Hutchinson Community College men's golf team had quite a finish on Tuesday to close out the Washburn University Invitational.

The Blue Dragons shot a 293 in the final round Tuesday and jumped two spots in the team standings to finish as the team runner-up at the Topeka Country Club. The Blue Dragons were the only junior college team in the field of NCAA Division II programs.

Hutchinson finished with a 54-hole total of 898. The only team to shoot a better round on Tuesday was team champion Washburn. The Ichabods defeated the Blue Dragons by 20 strokes after a final round of 291 to close at 878.

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The Blue Dragons had one of their most consistent rounds of the season on Tuesday. Sophomore Lake Leroux shot a 1-over 72 to record the low round for Hutchison. Freshman Charlie Herbert carded a 73, while Nathan McCulloch and Charlie Crockett both shot 74s.

Starting the final round in fourth place, the Blue Dragons jumped past Missouri Western (902) and Concordia-St. Paul (906) to move into second place at the end of the day.

Two Blue Dragons finished in the individual Top 10 at Washburn.

Herbert was sixth at 7-over 220. Right behind him was Leroux at 8-over 221.

Washburn's Blake Allen won the individual title at 213. He shot a 1-under 70 in the final round. Allen won by three strokes over teammate Jared burns (216).

McCulloch tied for 15th individually at 228. Peyton Austin closed with a 78 and finished tied for 23rd at 233. Crockett rebounded from back-to-back 80s on Monday with his 74. He finished tied for 28th with a 54-hole total of 234.

Hutch individual player Liam Debattista finished with a 75 on Tuesday and tied for 32nd at 235. Max Ontjes closed with an 83 on Tuesday and was 38th overall at 242.

The Blue Dragons travel to Colbert Hills in Manhattan next Monday to open the Jayhawk Conference season with first of three conference-designated tournaments.