Sam Harned began his Nevada golfing career as a walk-on after earning a spot on the roster via an open tryout. He can now call himself a champion.
Harned opened his senior season with his first college win, firing a final-round 64 to win the Badger Invitational by 1 stroke. Harned finished the 54-hole tournament at 12 under to edge Notre Dame's Hunter Ostrom, who finished at 11 under.
Harned, from Rocklin, Calif., fired 70s on the first two days of the tournament before an 8-under 64 on Tuesday, which tied his lowest round at Nevada. His previous best finish as an individual was a tie for third at the 2018 Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational. Harned is the third Nevada golfer to win an event in the last two seasons, joining Joey Vrizch and Sam Meek last season. In all, Nevada individuals have won five tournaments in the last three seasons.
Harned earned a scholarship midway through his sophomore season and has been a rock on the team the last two seasons, both of which have seen the Wolf Pack make an NCAA Regional as an at-large team. During his 64 on Tuesday, Harned had nine birdies against just one bogey. Harned had 17 birdies in 54 holes at the Badger Invitational.
Nevada finished fifth in the 16-team event hosted by the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After rounds of 291 and 293 on the first two days, the Wolf Pack carded a 278 in round three to finish at 2-under 862, one stroke behind Illinois State. Notre Dame won the event at 22-under 842.
Nevada's Tony Gil finished tied for 17th at 1 under. Meek was tied for 29th at 3 over. Trey Davis finished tied for 70th at 11 over. And Galena High graduate Connor Motherway placed tied for 74th at 13 over in his college debut.
Nevada women place eighth
On the women's side, Nevada placed eighth in the 15-team Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Wolf Pack finished the tournament at 16-over par. The last time the Wolf Pack played in the event, in 2013, the team finished at 72-over par.
Kent State won the tournament by a comfortable margin, besting runner-up Pepperdine by seven shots and finishing at 16-under par. Nevada was one of five Mountain West teams in the field and bested all but one of them, with San Diego State finishing fifth.
Jenny Krause led Nevada with a tie for 23rd place in the 87-player field. She shot a 77 in the final round and finished the event at 3-over par, one shot off from tying her career-best tournament score to par. Katy Rutherford and Danni Ujimori had near identical tournament runs. Both tied for 29th place at 4-over par and both shot an even par 72 in the final round. Ujimori led the Wolf Pack with nine birdies this week, while Rutherford led the team by collecting 41 pars.
Victoria Gailey finished at 6-over par, a tie for 36th place. Leah John tied for 72nd in her college debut, finishing at 14-over par.