The men’s golf team kicked off its 2013 season this week in Pineville, Ky., taking third in the Wasioto Winds Fall Kick Off at Wasioto Winds Golf Course at Pine Mountain State Park.
Heading into the third and final round on Tuesday, the Racers found themselves in second place, four shots off the lead pace set by UT Martin.
The Racers faltered in the final round, however, posting their highest team score of the tournament. Meanwhile, the Skyhawks proceeded to post the lowest round of the day and won the tournament with a combined score of 853.
Walters State Community College finished second, shooting 884, and the Racers rounded out the top three with 888.
Morehead State, Pikeville, Bellarmine and Spalding rounded out the finishing order.
The Racers were led by junior Jordan Smith and sophomore Preston French, who posted scores of 217 and 218 respectively, good for seventh and eighth place finishes.
Other Murray State scores included sophomore Chasten Howard, who finished 17th with a score of 224. Sophomore Jared Gosser took 21st with 225 and freshman Matthew Zakutney finished his first collegiate tournament with a score of 245.
The Racers now look ahead to Sept. 23-24 when they compete in the Cardinal Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Louisville. The tournament will take place at the Cardinal Golf Club Course in Simpsonville, Ky.