Waking up at 4 a.m. is never fun, but it is especially grueling for the Idaho men’s golf team.
Idaho coach John Means had his players preparing for the Wolfpack Intercollegiate by making them wake up at 4 a.m. not only to get used to the time difference, but to run up to the golf course, train and run back.
Unfortunately, that extra training didn’t lead to a win, as the Vandals ended up finishing tied for ninth, in the 17-team field on Monday and Tuesday at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in Cary, N.C.
In addition to the time difference and opposing teams, Idaho battled the 90 percent humidity, something they couldn’t train for.
Leading the way for the Vandals was junior Aaron Cockerill, who tied for 18th with a 2-over-par 218. Junior Rylee Iacolucci was next for Idaho in a tie for 33rd with a 6-over-par 222, followed by freshman Jared du Toit tied for 40th with a 7-over-par 223, sophomore Scott Riley tied for 47th with an 8-over-par 224 and junior Sean McMullen at 79th with a 19-over-par 235.
East Tennessee State won the tournament with a 843. The Individual champion was North Carolina-Greenboro’s Carter Jenkins.
The Vandals have two weeks off before returning to the green on Friday, Oct. 25 in El Paso, Texas, at the Price’s Give Em Five Intercollegiate.
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