JUCO golf: Warriors finish second at Lindenwood Invite

Mar. 13—ST. CHARLES, Mo. — The third-ranked Indian Hills men's golf team opened up its spring campaign with a dominant performance at the Lindenwood Invitational, placing second overall with two-over-par three-round total of 854 at the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club.

In its first competition since the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Preview in October, the Warriors placed second among the 13-team field, including fifth-ranked Hutchinson Community College who placed third overall. Indian Hills was one of just three junior college programs on the course as host Lindenwood University took top honors with a 13-under-par total of 839.

The Warriors were led by the top-ranked individual in the nation in Gaspar Glaudas, who placed fifth overall in the 54-hole tournament. The sophomore was the top junior college finisher at the tournament, posting a four-under-par 209. Glaudas posted back-to-back rounds of 69 to open before finishing with a third round 71.

Freshman Matias Koropeski put together one of his most impressive showings of his collegiate career with a 10th-place finish at even par. Koropeski posted a tournament-low round of 70 in the first round and finished the week with a 71-72 for a total of 213.

The Warriors boasted three additional individuals in the top-18 of the field as Jose Carletta and Max Morgenstern tied for 14th overall with a three-over-par 216. Morgenstern posted the lowest round for the Warriors with a third-round 68 to climb the leaderboard over the final 18 holes. Emilio Arellano Lamas tied for 17th overall for the Warriors.

Carletta and Morgenstern paced the Warriors with 13 birdies apiece while Glaudas and Jose Miguel Ramirez each tallied an eagle. As a team, the Warriors posted the second-most birdies overall with 47 across the three rounds.

Glaudas, the top-ranked golfer in the latest NJCAA rankings, collected his fourth top-five finish of the year and fifth consecutive top-10 finish. Eight of Glaudas' 17 rounds this year have been in the 60's.

Indian Hills will now prepare for the Don Benbow Butler Spring Invitational in Indianapolis. The tournament takes place Apr. 1-2.