McDERMOTT, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande men’s golf team closed out its fall schedule on Tuesday with a sixth place finish in the Roger Merb Invitational hosted by Shawnee State University at Elks Country Club.
The RedStorm, who began the day fifth among the eight participating schools, were 39-over par on Tuesday and finished 15 shots behind West Virginia University-Tech for fifth place.
Rio Grande had a 36-hole total of 69-over par 645. Shawnee State won the team title with a score of 20-over par 596, while Midway University took second at 24-over par 600 and Indiana University East was third at 27-over par 603.
Shawnee State’s Elijah McCarty carded an even-par 72 for the second straight day and posted a one-stroke victory over the trio of WVU-Tech’s Jayden Dignan, Logan Conn of Midway and Shawnee’s Jordan Hughes. Dignan had the day’s top round on Tuesday with a 4-under par 68.
Rio Grande’s top individual remained sophomore Levi Chapman (Pomeroy, OH), despite an eight-position drop into a tie for 19th place at 12-over par 156.
Also representing the RedStorm was junior Jarod Lemaster (Jackson, OH) and freshman Jacob Calvin (Chillicothe, OH), both of whom were part of a three-way tie for 33rd place at 19-over par 163; senior Logan Sheets (Bidwell, OH), who tied for 38th place at 21-over par 165; sophomore Colton Blakeman (Piketon, OH), who was among a trio tied for 42nd at 23-over par 167; freshman Ethan Mercer (Jackson, OH), who tied for 45th place with a 25-over par 169; and freshman Jensen Anderson (Racine, OH), who placed 55th at 39-over par 183.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.