The University of Central Missouri Mules golf team shot the best third and final round of the Northeastern State Classic to earn the first-place finish in the tournament. Hermann golfer Thomas Henson played a big part in the Mules win with a total score of -15, 837.
With a 90-plus degree day out at the Muskogee Golf Club, the Mules completed the first two rounds of the classic at -10 with a first-round score of 285 and a second round of 273 to total 558. UCM entered the final round in second place, just two strokes behind Arkansas Tech. UCM outscored Arkansas Tech in the final round 279 to 283, winning the invitational by two strokes.
This is the third time the Mules have won the NSU Classic (2009, 2013). UCM's team score of 837 is the second-lowest championship score in NSU's 21 year run of hosting the tournament.
Matt Hoemann and Thomas Henson were each one of five golfers to finish with a total score of -5, 208 and tie for third. Through the first two rounds, Hoemann was the Mule's top-scorer with a -3, 139 while Henson came in third on the team with a -2, 140. Hoemann was two-under in his final round, recording back-to-back rounds at -2, 69. Henson recorded the second-best UCM score of the tournament in the final round with a -3, 68. Henson and teammate Nick Westrich led the tournament with 41 pars.