Appalachian State Men's Golf opened its 2019-20 season this week at the two-day Sam Hall Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi.
The Mountaineers, along with 15 other universities, faced the likes of a par-71, 6,902-yard course, Hattiesburg Country Club, for their first fall tournament test of 2019.
Carding a three-round team total of 864 (+12), App State finished the tournament ninth.
Leading Tuesday's morning charge with four birdies was sophomore newcomer Tirto Tamardi (Surabaya, Indonesia). Tamardi recorded a round two score of 68 (-3) en route to a tournament total of 210 (-3), good enough for a tie for 14th place individually. He scored even par (71) in rounds one and three. A 71-68-71 resides well under his 75.28 freshman average from 2018-19.
Tuesday's 3-under-par round is the lowest carded score of Tamardi's collegiate career. His lowest as a Wildcat for Bethune-Cookman came by the way of a 70 in the first round of the 2019 MEAC Championships.
Junior Jake Lane (Fort St. John, British Columbia) carded the next-best App State tournament score behind Tamardi, a 72-71-72 for a total of 215 (+2). Individually, Lane finished tied for 26th.
Nicholas Gunnell (Hamptonville, N.C.) showed improvement as the tournament raced on with his 1-under-par round three. Gunnell finished with a 75-75-70 for a total of 220 (+7). Highlighting Gunnell's second round was his eagle on hole No. 3.
Dylan Lukes (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 73-75-73 (+8), closed directly one stroke back from his teammate Gunnell.
Lukas Jönsson (Ahus, Sweden) rounded out the Mountaineers' tournament lineup carding an 11-over-par score, 73-77-74. Jönsson connected for App State's second eagle of the tournament during the second round, this time on No. 17.
The Mountaineers were tied for first in eagles along with Troy (2) and North Alabama (2). As for total pars, the Apps recorded a total of 167, just five behind McNeese State's tournament-leading 172.
Tamardi cashed in a team-high 11 of the 41 App State birdies, as Lukes chased close behind with 10 of his own.
Appalachian will travel to Malvern, Pa., next for the Wildcat Fall Invitational hosted by Villanova University. The three-day invitational is set to commence Sunday, Sept. 29.