The Dayton Flyers men’s golf team, pictured after winning the 2021 Dayton Flyer Intercollegiate at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio on April 14, picked up where they left off in the spring with a second place finish Sept. 3-4. Photo courtesy of UD Athletics.
Peter Burtnett | Sports Editor
The 2021-22 season began with a second place finish for the Dayton Flyers men’s golf team in the Eastern Kentucky Fall Intercollegiate.
Led by junior Kyle Schmidt, who finished second overall with (-8), the Flyers finished 4-under-par in the two-day event at The University Club at Arlington on a par 70, 6,653-yard course. Western Carolina finished well ahead in the 16-team field with a (-15) score, but only Jacksonville State (-2) joined Dayton and Western Carolina to finish under par.
Overall, these were the results for the Flyers:
2nd Schmidt 68-66-68=202 (-8)
t-13th graduate Hayden Zimmerer 70-70-71=211 (+1)
t-22nd freshman Colin O’Rourke 71-71-71=213 (+3)
t-27th sophomore Henry May 72-69-73=214 (+4)
t-43rd sophomore Ethan Snyder 76-72-69=217 (+7)
t-43rd senior Ryan Clements (ind.) 71-74-72=217 (+7)
“I’m very pleased with how the guys started the season,” head coach Gip Hoagland said after the final round. “A lot of great play. Everybody contributed on multiple levels. It’s great to see the guys come out of the gates making so many birdies. Western Carolina played extremely well on the back nine today and ran away from us at the end. Congrats to them on a job well done.
“Very happy with the way Kyle played, finishing as runner-up in his first event of the season. He picked up where he left off last year and had a great showing. Excited to get back at it next week at Marshall’s Invitational.”
Next up, the Flyers will play in the Joe Feaganes Invitational hosted by Marshall Sept. 13-14 at the Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington, West Virginia. During the 2019-20 season, the Flyers finished second out of 16 teams at this invitational.