PEOSTA — Freshman Nac Huachai continued his solid play early in the fall season as the Ashford University men’s golf team completed competition at the two-day Clarke Invitational over the weekend.

Huachai took a career-best third with a two-day total of 144 (71-73) as the Saints finished eighth out 13 teams at Thunder Hills Country Club. St. Ambrose University claimed top team honors, outdistancing themselves from Central College’s junior varsity squad by 45 strokes.

The Saints had a better day in Sunday’s final round, dropping 12 strokes from their first-round total.

“Sunday was better than Saturday, and we’ll look to build off of that,” Ashford coach Chris Powers said. “Nac played really well, and I’m proud of several players bouncing back from a tough first round on Saturday.”

Huachai, a native of Thailand, settled into the campus one week after classes were under way, making a rushed transition from Florida to the Midwest. He has never seen snow, experienced the winter season or felt a temperature colder than 50 degrees.

“I was cold this morning, probably because of a three-bogey start,” mused Huachai, who started bogey-par, bogey-par, bogey-par. “Then it got very hot. I needed to be hitting my tee shots straight because the course had really narrow fairways.”

After receiving Midwest Collegiate Conference Player of the Week honors Monday, Huachai continued his steady season play, making three birdies in both rounds this weekend. He finished behind the St. Ambrose 1-2 combo of PING NAIA All-American Dusty Drenth (69-65—134) and Jake Schertz (68-74—142) in the individual standings.

Golf runs in the family pipeline as his sister, Noon, finished the first stage of LPGA sectional qualifying last weekend in Palm Springs, Calif. She will be competing in Venice, Fla., in the near future to try to qualify for the final stage in Daytona Beach.

Freshman Lucas Mulholland (76) of Mount Vernon and Tyler Sukut (75) of Clinton both tied for 27th, dropping a combined 14 shots from Saturday’s round.

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