The Weber State University Wildcats shot a three-round total of 891, finishing 13th at the Herb Wimbley Invitational at the New Mexico State Golf Course earlier this week. Some of the Wildcats started the tournament behind, but quickly made their way back to help the team finish strong as well.
Two universities stole the show at the tournament. The University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels earned the team title with a 34-under-par tournament with a total of 818. The Wichita State Shockers finished eight shots behind the Rebels with a 26-under-par performance, finishing second with a total of 826, while the New Mexico State University Aggies finished with a 5-under-par, taking third place with a total of 847.
The Shockers’ Hunter Sparks shot rounds of 68, 65 and 66, taking the individual title with a 14-under-par tournament with a total of 199 in par-71 layout. NMSU’s Justin Shin came in second place with a total of 201, just two shots shy of Sparks.
WSU’s Jordan Herzog led the team, tying for 47th place with a total of 221, which came in rounds of 72, 76 and 73. Michael Johnson finished one shot behind Herzog with 222, tying for 52nd place. Ty Travis rallied from an opening-round 80 with rounds of 72 and 74 in the final round to close at 59th place with a total of 226.
Other members of the team, including Jeff Jones and Alex Sutton, finished in 69th and 71st respectively.
Sutton, who has played consistently over the season for the Wildcats, said Herzog had a solid tournament and played well for WSU.
“Jordan had the best finish on the team for the tournament,” Sutton said.
Overall, the season has stayed fairly consistent for the Wildcats, who have finished several tournaments strong. Their best finish was third place at the Battle of the Tetons tournament at the beginning of the season.
The fall season has been a challenging one for the Wildcats. Earlier this year, Head Coach Dave Kearl announced his resignation. Despite the challenges WSU has faced, Kearl said he feels the team has performed well, and is confident in the progression of the young team.
“I feel strongly about the nucleus of this year’s young team and know they will be successful going forward,” Kearl said.
The Herb Wimbley Invitational is the final tournament of the season for the Wildcats; they will be off until Feb. 13, when they will open the new season at the Thunderbird Invitational in St. George, Utah.