NDSU men’s golf collects second win at Zach Johnson Invitational

The North Dakota State men’s golf team has been anything but inconsistent during the fall portion of the 2022-23 season.

The Bison earned their second win of the fall, this time at the Zach Johnson Invitational at the Glen Oaks Country Club in Des Moines, Iowa. The team has had Top-5 finishes in all four of its fall tournaments. NDSU finished 12-under-par with an 840 over three rounds.

The Herd shot their best score, a seven-under 277, in the first round. The team followed with a one-under 283 in the second and a four-under 280 in the third round. NDSU had three golfers finish with Top-10 spots on the leaderboard.

The final round was tightly contested with the Iowa State University Cyclones vying for the top honors. The Cyclones shot a tournament-best round a 13-under 271 in the third round.

Ian Simonich and Nate Deziel paved the way once again for the Bison. The pair tied for first together in the NDSU Fall Invitational at the Oxbow Country Club in Oxbow, N.D.

Simonich, a junior, shot himself into a three-way tie for second place with a six-under-par 207. He opened the tournament with a four-under 67 and a three-under 68 in the second round. A tough third-round one-over 72 kept Simonich from breaking out of the tie.

Senior Deziel tied for fifth with a five-under 208. Deziel shot a one-over 72 in the first round, but a pair of three-under-par 68s advanced him to the leaderboard for a Top-5 finish. He tied with Lukas Pany from Iowa State.

Brock Winter earned eighth place shooting a two-under 211 for the tournament. He bolstered his final score with a four-under 67 to close the tournament after struggling through a four-over 75 in the second round which followed his opening round two-under 69.

Nate Adams, a junior, tied for 12th place with a two-over 215. Adams’ started with a 69 in the first round, his best of the tournament. He finished with a pair of 73s in the tournament.

Gavin Cronkhite posted a seven-over-par 220; the finish put him in a tie for 22nd. The junior shot two-over 73s in the first and last round of the tournament and a three-over 74 in the second.

Sophomore Josh Galvin, who golfed individually in the tournament, tied for 40th with a 14-over 227. Galvin had his best round in the first with a three-over 74. He closed out the tournament with a 76 and 77.

The Bison will get a well-needed rest period as their next event, the Paintbrush Invitational at TPC Colorado in Denver, Colo., won’t be played until October 17.

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