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Men's golf: Tournament-best rounds vault Cronkhite, Bison up leaderboard

NDSU and two Bison golfers recorded third-place finishes Wednesday at the TPC Colorado at Heron Lakes Collegiate.

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BERTHOUD, Colo. – North Dakota State and Bison golfer Gavin Cronkhite both shot tournament-best rounds on Wednesday to help the Bison finish third overall in the TPC Colorado at Heron Lakes Collegiate.

NDSU's 15-under 273 was the best round of the tournament and the second-best round of the season and program history. It was the best round of the tournament by four shots and one off of the season and program best of 16-under 272 in the NDSU Fall Invitational.

The Bison moved from fifth to third, finishing the tournament at 6-under. Winner Colorado State finished at 12-under and and runner up Brigham Young was 8-under. NDSU finished 16 shots ahead of fourth place Boise State and 44 shots ahead of defending Summit League champions and host Denver.

Cronkhite shot a career-best 66 on Wednesday and finished tied for third overall with fellow Bison Ian Simonich at 5-under.

Simonich matched his second-round 68 on Tuesday in the final round on Wednesday. Cronkhite notched his fourth career top-5 finish and it was the third for Simonich.


Nate Adams and Brock Winter also fired under-par rounds for the Bison on the day to cap the scoring for NDSU. Nate Adams shot 69 to move up 21 spots and finish tied for 16th at 4-over in the 74-golfer field. Winter climbed 19 places with a 70 and finished tied for 24th at 6-over.

Nate Deziel shot a 1-over of 73 on Wednesday and tied for 36th at 9-over.

North Dakota State will wrap up the fall semester next week with a trip to the ODU/Kilmarlic Tournament hosted at the Kilmarlic G.C. in Powells Point, N.C. The three-round, three-day tournament begins Sunday, Oct. 23.

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