Griffon golfers finish second, Women get first place at home
By Lauren Burbach
April 1, 2010
The Missouri Western men’s golf team finished second in their home tournament after they played at Moila Golf Course this past Sunday and Monday. Western played in the tournament against Fort Hays and Pittsburg State. Although the team finished in the middle of the pack, Griffon golfer Logan Gilliand was the first place medalist, finishing with a two-day total of 146. Head coach Jim Perry was slightly disappointed with his team’s play. “Our expectations were higher because we were playing on our home course,” Perry said. “We had a little trouble on our par four scoring; it really did us in.” [caption id="attachment_2908" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Griffon golfer Logan Gilliand finished in first place individually at Western’s first golf tournament of the spring season. Photo | Sara Baum"][/caption] The Griffon’s team score was 606, behind Fort Hays with 300 and just ahead of Pitt State with 618. With weather finally reaching the seventies and being able to play on their home course, the Griffons had a slight advantage. “Playing on our home course is definitely to our advantage,” Perkins said. “We practice there every day so we know the course really well.” Perkins hoped the team might capitalize more on the advantage they had. “I don’t think that we played to our potential,” Perkins said. “We’ve only played six rounds this entire year, so obviously the team is only going to get better.” Perry mentioned that par scoring would be one of the keys to improvement. “We just didn’t play as sound as we’re capable of playing,” Perry said. “It was one of those deals where we need a lot more consistency from our par scoring.” Perkins echoed Perry’s attitude, but saw some positives in the tournament and is hoping to do better next weekend. “There’s a lot of room for improvement for our team,” Perkins said. “Overall I thought we did decent, but we definitely can improve and we will.” The Griffons will be playing next on Monday, April 5, at the University of Central Oklahoma Invite in Edmond, Ok.