Reddies surge, take second at Washburn Invitational


TOPEKA, Kan. — Henderson State got low rounds from seniors Mitchell Ford and Nick Shapiro on Tuesday and finished as the runner-up at the season-opening Washburn Invitational.

The Reddies, who entered the final round of play five strokes back of the lead, shot 5-under 279 on Tuesday, which was the second-lowest round by any team in the event on either day. HSU finished eight strokes back of defending national champion Arkansas Tech.

Ford and Shapiro both brought their best for Henderson in the final 18 holes. Ford fired a 4-under 67, which tied the lowest round of any individual in the tournament, while Shapiro carded a 2-under 69 to help power the Reddies up the leaderboard. Ford took sixth place as an individual and was 2-over for the event. Shapiro ended in 12th at 5-over for 54 holes. 

Miller Harris took 13th and was just behind the two seniors with a final-round score of 1-over 72 on Tuesday to finish 7-over at the invitational. Freshman Alex Hadden shot 76 in the final round to tie for 24th, while Kasoma Paulino shot even-par 71 to tie for 39th.

Henderson finished ahead of both host Washburn and defending Central Region champion Central Missouri, who each qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships this past spring.

The Reddies return to action on Sept. 20-21 when they travel to Muskogee, Oklahoma to compete at the Northeastern State Golf Classic.

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