The five universities battled seasonably warm temperatures, high of 92, and high gusts, 50 miles per hour, through the first round.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team stayed in the Red River Valley this weekend as they hosted the first round of the inaugural Minnesota Crookston King’s Walk Invite Sun., Sept. 16. The tournament was hosted at King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, N.D., a par 72, 6,939 yard Arnold Palmer signature links-style golf course.

    The five universities battled seasonably warm temperatures, high of 92, and high gusts, 50 miles per hour, through the first round.

    UMC sits in sixth place in the tournament field after shooting a 324 in the first round. The Golden Eagles are just four strokes back of the Bemidji State junior varsity team and are just 23 strokes behind St. Cloud State University, the leaders after round one. The Huskies are five strokes ahead of the University of Manitoba’s second team, while Minot State University is seven strokes behind St. Cloud State.

    Connor Humble (So., Rosemount, Minn.) put in a strong outing for the Golden Eagles as he shot a six-over-par 78 to tie for 12th on the day. Ben Lord (Jr., Brunswick, Maine) was tied for 15th after carding a 79. Ben Koisti (Sr., Lake Norden, S.D.) turned in a round of 82 to tie for 26th. Ethan Magsam (Fr., Crookston, Minn.) finished with an 83 on the day, while Dylan Wenzel (Fr., Lino Lakes, Minn.) shot an 84. Ethan Johnson (Sr., Roseau, Minn.) and Ben Trostad (Fr., Crookston, Minn.) both finished with 85’s on day one, while Joey Kekke (Fr., Argyle, Minn.) shot a 94 in his first collegiate tournament.

    The King’s Walk Invite continues Mon., Sept. 17 with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, N.D.