Andrews places 19th in RJGA South Central Shootout

19th-place Traejan Andrews led the Fort Lewis College men’s golf team in its final fall tournament, the Ruidoso Junior Golf Association South Central Shootout at Butterfield Trails Golf Course in El Paso, Texas on Tuesday.

The Skyhawks earned an 11th-place team total with a 622 on the scoreboard, beating Arkansas-Fort Smith in 12th with a team total of 625 (325, 300) and falling just behind Lubbock Christian in 10th with a 617 ( 312, 305).

Colorado Mesa won the tag team title, shooting a total of 596 (316, 280), 20 shots over par to claim its first tournament victory in more than eight years.

Alec Williams of Westminster College (Utah) and Travis Robbie of New Mexico Junior College are tied for the individual title. Shooting a 141 apiece, the duo finished three strokes under par.

Andrews tied for 19th with Braxton Floyd of Lubbock Christian and Matt Jackman of Saint Mary’s (Texas) to lead FLC. Andrews put a 151 on the scorecard, finishing with a 74(+2) in the first round and a 77(+5) in the last round.

Round 1 (314, +26)

Playing on an unfamiliar course, Fort Lewis had its share of struggles in the opening run. The Skyhawks managed to land an eagle, but only eight birdies made it difficult to pass par. As a team, FLC landed 29 bogeys, seven double bogeys and one triple bogey.

Round 2 (308, +20)

Fort Lewis improved in the second round, but still struggled to fight off bogeys and make the par. The Skyhawks scored one more eagle and managed to move to 14 birdies. The struggles continued for the team, however, and 25 bogeys, seven double bogeys, a single triple and a quadruple bogey kept Fort Lewis above par.

The Skyhawks will now take some time before returning for the championship season in the spring.