After a shaky start on Tuesday, the Nicholls State University men's golf team responded with its lowest round of the Sam Hall Intercollegiate at 281 and ended its first event of the season in 12th place out of 16 teams.

The Colonels posted a three-round score of 285-303-281--869, finishing ahead of former Southland Conference member Oral Roberts, as well as league foes HBU, Southeastern Louisiana and UIW. Nicholls trailed ninth-place Appalachian State by just five strokes after firing the fourth-lowest final round in the field.

"It's always nice to finish up with your best round," Nicholls head coach James Schilling said. "We had three freshmen who had never played the course shoot under par in the final round. We were able to compete with some of the bigger schools and beat some Southland teams handedly. We just had the hiccup in the middle round, but you'll have that sometimes with a young team. This was definitely a step in the right direction and we'll get ready for Louisiana Tech."

Freshman Nils Dobrunz closed out his debut with a top 15 finish, shooting 3-under to tie for 14th at 210. He carded a 69 in the final round after turning in a 2-over 73 to start the day.

The other two rookies, Mickael Najmark and Victor Le Gal, shot a 69 and 70, respectively, in the final 18. Le Gal had six birdies in the round while Najmark totaled just one bogey to go along with three birdies.

Connor Campbell and Ben Baker both shot over par in the final two rounds. Campbell had the second best score on the team at 218, followed by Najmark (220), Baker (225), and Le Gal (227).

Sam Houston State claimed the team and individual honors, led by Noah Steele's 195.

The Colonels will head to north Louisiana for the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, hosted by Louisiana Tech at the Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant. Sunday's (Sept. 15) opening round begins at 8 a.m.