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Cougar Men's Golf Opens 2022 Fall Season at Gaucho Shootout

Cougar Men's Golf Opens 2022 Fall Season at Gaucho Shootout


The South Mountain Community College men's golf team finished second at the season-opening Gaucho Shootout Sept. 7-8 at the GCU Championship Golf Course with a team score of one-under, 567. Sophomore Ethan Klose paced the Cougars with a second-place finish at seven-under, 135, while freshman Ryan Blair recorded a top-10 finish by tying for sixth at even-par, 142. 

In the first tournament under new SMCC head coach Brady Edwards, the Cougars opened the event at four-over, 288 and then carded a five-under, 279 in their second round. Glendale CC won the event at nine-under 559. 

Klose, a member of the 2022 NJCAA Division II National Champions, opened the tournament with a two-under 69 and then scored a five-under 66 in the final round to finish at seven-under 135. He finished two strokes behind the tournament's winner, Mesa CC's Tyler Gearce. 

Blair tied for sixth at even-par, 142 with rounds of 72 and 70, moving up two spots on the final leaderboard after his opening 18 holes. Freshman Nikolas Kittilson tied for 11th at three-over, 145 with rounds of 74 and 71, and he rose four places in the final standings after his opening round. 

Sophomore Zachary Erskine took 14th at four-over, 146 with two rounds of 73. Fellow sophomore Daniel Thompson tied for 19th at six-over, 148, with scores of 76 and 72. He moved up four spots on the final leaderboard with his one-over 72 in the second round. 

Freshman Luke Greig finished 29th at 11-over, 153, with rounds of 77 and 76.