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October 9, 2012

No. 13 Golf Takes Team Championship At Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational

AMARILLO, Texas – Led by a pair of final-round, two-under 69's by Michael Lee and John Ahern, the No. 13 Colorado School of Mines golf squad claimed its second team title of the season on Tuesday during the final round of the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational in Amarillo, Texas.

Mines took the team championship by one stroke over CSU-Pueblo after the Orediggers posted a team score of 284 during the finale. CSUP, the tournament's leader after the first two rounds, posted a 288 to finish one stroke back, while St. Marys and No. 4 Abilene Christian rounded out the top four teams. St. Edwards and UC-Colorado Springs tied for fifth overall.

Mines has now captured team titles in seven of its last 10 regular-season events, including two in four events this season. 

A week after earning his first career victory at the Golfweek Division II Preview, Lee posted his third top-two finish of the season on the individual side with a runner-up nod on Tuesday. He posted a tournament line of 71-70-69-210 to finish one stroke out of a tie for first with Kirby Gorzell of St. Mary's.

Sophomore Jordan Arndt finished in a tie for 10th overall after posting a 74 during the final round on Tuesday after entering the round in a tie for fifth overall. 

Kyle Grassel finished in a tie for 13th after a tournament line of 72-71-72-215 on the par-71, 6,492-yard course.

Ahern moved from a tie for 39th overall to a tie for 21st overall with a 69 during Tuesday's finale, while Joe Schwark closed out the Mines scores with a 77 during the final round. 

The tournament concluded Mines' fall schedule, and the squad will return to action on February 25-26, 2013, at the Coyote Invitational at the Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino, Calif.

Team Scores
1. No. 13 Colorado School of Mines 290 282 284 856 +4
2. Colorado St-Pueblo 285 284 288 857 +5
3. St. Mary's U. (TX) 292 278 288 858 +6
4. No. 4 Abilene Christian U. 291 284 289 864 +12
T-5. St. Edward's U. 286 284 297 867 +15
T-5. Colorado-CO Springs 296 280 291 867 +15
7. Cameron University 295 285 292 872 +20
T-8. Incarnate Word, U of 294 291 292 877 +25
T-8. Midwestern State 295 285 297 877 +25
10. West Texas A & M 294 292 292 878 +26
11. Texas A&M-Commerce 294 289 302 885 +33
12. Western New Mexico U 301 297 294 892 +40
13. Colorado Christian U 310 300 285 895 +43
14. Colorado Mesa Univ. 302 290 305 897 +45
15. Adams State Univ. 309 298 306 913 +61
16. Regis University 312 302 305 919 +67
17. OK Panhandle State U 319 306 310 935 +83

Mines Scores
T-2. Michael Lee 71 70 69 210
T-10. Jordan Arndt 71 69 74 214
T-13. Kyle Grassel 72 71 72 215
T-21. John Ahern 76 72 69 217
T-52. Joe Schwark 76 73 77 226

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