History was made Sunday for North Dakota State men’s golf Summit League championship in California.
The Bison took fourth place at La Purisima Golf Course, which was good enough for the best finish in the program.
The team recorded a 17-over-par 305 in the final round of the championship and a 60-over-par 924 for the three-day tournament.
In Bill Carlson’s last golf tournament of his Bison golf career, he finished in sixth place shooting a three-round 10-over-par 226 to lead all NDSU golfers.
Connor Holland, who will be one of the captains next season, shot a final round 76 that helped him finish the tournament with a 14-over 230.
Holland and freshman Keaton Lausch tied for second on the team. Lausch shot an 18-over-par 234 and said he is looking forward to next season already.
“We’re going to have to play great golf (next season and) set the example for the incoming guys,” Lausch said.
Trent Olson, who will also graduate, had troubles in the first round after shooting an 81, but he railed back to fire a 3-over-par second round and a 6-over-par final round to shoot 18-over for the tournament.
Bison sophomore Jake Herdine made the most significant move on the final day of the tournament moving five places up the leader board.
Like Olson, Herdine struggled in the first round after shooting a team-high 91 in the first round but quickly turned his game around with a 76 in the second round and a 77 in the final round.
University of South Dakota won the team tournament title, earning an automatic qualifying spot in the NCAA Tournament from the Summit League.
Three seniors will leave the NDSU golf team and Holland will be the lone senior on the team.
During the middle of April, senior NDSU golfer Sarah Storandt said she kept telling head coach Matt Johnson the team was saving their best effort for the Summit League championship.
The women ended their season a few weeks before the men’s team, but both teams placed just outside the top three.
Freshman Natalie Roth took home the highest place finish for her team with a 54-hole, 18-over-par 234 and a disappointing final round 81 at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course in California and tied for fourth place. Roth was awarded with All-Tournament Team honors.
As a team, the Bison finished with a three-round, 92-over-par 956, finishing in fourth place.
After 118 rounds of golf, Storandt’s NDSU golf career came to an end. She improved her golf scores every round during the Summit League championship.
Storandt finished by tying for sixth after shooting 19-over-par 235 with an opening round of 80. She finishes her career with nine top-10 finishes.
Cassie Wurm, Trisa Hutchinson and Alex Schmid all finished the tournament right around the same place.
Junior Wurm finished by tying for 26th place with a 32-over-par 248, while freshman Hutchinson shot a 33-over-par 249 for 28th place. Bison sophomore teammate Schmid fired the highest score on the team with a 34-over-par 250 with three consecutive scores above her career average.
Statistically, the team was better this year than it was the previous two years.
Two seniors will graduate from the Bison team and next season the squad will have two seniors to go along with plenty of young golfers.