The Red Raider golf team finished eighth at the Kohler Collegiate Men’s Golf Classic at the Whistling Straights Golf Club in Kohler, Wisc.
The event was played through 36 holes on Monday and Tuesday. Whistling Straights played host to the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships.
The Raider team finished the two days with a total score of 637 (+61). They were the highest placed GPAC team in the tournament. They finished five strokes ahead of Midland.
Senior Ryan Kiewiet was the top NW golfer, finishing in 17th place with a two-day score of 155 (+11). Kiewiet shot an 80 in the first round but finished well with a 75 in the second.
Senior Kyle Stanek and sophomore Caleb Malenke tied for 35th with a score of 160 over two days. Stanek scored 80 in both rounds, and Malenke shot 79 and 81 in the event.
“This was an amazing experience,” Stanek said. “We got to play one of the toughest courses in the country, and even though we didn’t play our best, it was still quite the experience on the course.”
Senior Neil Malenke tied for 40th with a 162. He shot an 82 the first round and 80 the second. Freshman Ryan Christy finished tied for 67th with a 170 (84-86) in his two rounds.
“I feel like we have a pretty solid lead going into the spring season,” Stanek said. “We currently have a five stroke lead which puts us in a good position.”