Men’s golf finishes third at home tournament

By Brain Prater

April 9, 2008

Men’s golf team finishes in a disappointing third place at the MWSU invitational last week at Fairview golf course. The Griffons played an excellent first round shooting a team total of 288, day two was not as good as the team shot a 295.  Only two strokes behind Missouri Southern, the second place finisher, the men shot a two day total of 583.   Freshman, Derek Thorne, shot a 69 on the second day of the invitational helping him finish the tournament in fifth place with a two day total of 144.  Team captain Aaron Lisenbee, and Craig Lytle shot a 146 which led them both to a tie for a 9th place finish.    Matt Lazzo of Washburn won the invitational shooting a two day total of 138. Washburn also won the team competition shooting 568, 15 strokes better than Western. Sophomore, Caleb Carter, shot a 71 on day one, but was not happy with himself or the team’s final outcome of the invitational. “I was happy with my first day, but I jammed my thumb, and it affected my game the next day.” Carter said. “I am looking forward to playing this weeks tournament, the course is easy and the team should shot some low rounds.” Men’s head golf coach Jim Perry, thought the men played well but there is room for improvement. “I would have liked to see a better finish, they all shot very well in the first round,” Perry said. “We struggled the next day; we were not making the important putts we need to make to have a bet­ter finish.”  Coach also stated the team is looking forward to playing at Swope Park. “All the guys like to play Swope, it is an easy course and the men should shoot rounds in the upper 60’s or lower 70’s,” Perry said. Lisenbee was disappointed that the team let go a better finish after the first round. “We were not to bad, but I was disappointed we gave up the two strokes for the second place finish,” Lisenbee said. “We tend to let things slip after the first round, our scores  are always a little higher in the following rounds.” Landon Hochenauer, Tucker Perkins and Shane Feist played as individuals shooting 153, 156 and 158 respectively in the two day event. The men’s golf season is beginning to wind down. They have three tournaments left in the season. They have the KC Collegiate Invitational in Kansas City, Mo. at the Swope Park Golf Course on April 7 and 8. Then they have the MIAA Conference Tournament in Branson, Mo. at the Branson Creek Golf Course on April 21 and 22. Then they will play at the NCAA Super Regional in Findlay, Ohio at the Red Hawk Run Golf Course on May 5 through the seventh. The Griffons are looking to finish the season off strong and are still in the hunt for an MIAA conference title. They are looking to go out on top for their two seniors Lisenbee and Lytle. The Griffons will build off their home tournament and use the momentum to play well for the rest of this season.