University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s golfer Mats Heien carded a tournament-high four birdies in the final round, but could not move up in the standings at the 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational on Saturday. Heien finished out the tournament in a tie for 45th place individually.
Heien, a senior from Royken, Norway, double-bogied his opening hole and the posted another double-bogey and two bogies to drop to 11 over par before posting a birdie on the eighth hole. He added three more birdies and two bogies on the back nine to finish with a four-over par 74 in the final round. Heien carded a three-day total of 70-75-74=219 to finish in a six-way tie for 45th place. Zachary Olsen of Oklahoma State University (67-71-65) and Cameron Champ of Texas A&M University (68-69-66) tied for the individual lead with 203 totals with Champ winning the tournament in a playoff.
The tournament featured a field of 84 All-American golfers from every division of collegiate golf. Heien earned his invitation by earning NCAA Division III Ping All-America honors last spring and is the first UMHB golfer to compete in the tournament. The winner of the 54-hole event earned a sponsor exemption to the Web.com Tour's Air Capital Classic in June of 2017. The event was played on the Gold Course at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona. More tournament information is available on the tournament Web Site at: http://patriotallamerica.com/.