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McDaniel places 3rd at Steelwood

Tyler “Chip” McDaniel concluded the Fall season with his best finish of the year.

Tyler “Chip” McDaniel (above) watches a tee shot in the Kentucky State Amateur.
Lexington Herald-Leader

On Sunday afternoon, Tyler “Chip” McDaniel wrapped up what was arguably his best performance of the 2016 Fall season. The junior shot a final round of -4 under par (68) to total -6 under through three rounds and finish third overall at the Steelwood Intercollegiate. His performance, along with his teammates, propelled Kentucky to a second place finish.

To open the tournament, McDaniel posted a round of even par. On moving day he managed a 2-under 70. The veteran then made his final stand on Sunday afternoon, shooting a 4-under 68 to move into lone third place. The third place was his third straight top-10 finish, while the final round of 68 was one shot off of his best this season.

Finishing slightly behind McDaniel was Cooper Musselman, as he tied for seventh place at 2-under par. The fellow junior posted rounds of 70 and 75 before a 69 on Sunday. Musselman managed to finish in the top-20 in all of his starts this fall.

Sophomore Lukas Euler showed strength to start the tournament, posting a first round 69. However he would struggle by shooting 73 and 75 for the next two days. Euler finished tied for 17th place at +1 over.

Fadhli Soetarso played as an individual this past weekend, finishing tied for 24th place at +3 over par. His finish was fourth-best for the Wildcats. Rounding out the fifth-best score for Kentucky was sophomore Fred Allen Meyer. Meyer posted rounds of 76, 73 and 74 for a tournament score of +7 over and a tie for 36th.

Kentucky’s second place finish at Steelwood was their best of the season, as they placed in the top-5 in three of their four tournament appearances. The other appearance was a sixth place finish, displaying strong consistency to start the year.

The Wildcats won't return to competition until February, when they will travel to Puerto Rico for the third consecutive spring. Kentucky will compete in the Puerto Rico Classic on February 19-21 to start their spring campaign.