Western men’s and women’s golf played in the HSU First Federal Bank Invitational on April 7 and 8.
The men were pitted against ten other teams.
“We felt pretty good coming in after doing decent at UCO’s tournament. The teams we were facing were mostly from the Great American Conference, with some quality competition,” Evan McCarthy said.
At the end of day one, junior James O’Brien led the men, finishing the round with 76 and was tied for 22nd overall. Not far behind with 77 and tied for 28th was McCarthy. Derek Hawkins, Scott Sheldon and Tyler Gast followed with 80, 81 and 87 respectively.
“I played quite well the first day, until I made a double bogey on 17 and bogeyed 18 for 77,” McCarthy said.
Overall, the men shot 314 and sat at ninth for the first round of the invitational.
At the end of day two, the men improved and shot 312. Leading the men on day two was McCarthy with 74. He finished off the invitational tied for 14th. O’Brien finished in 39th with a 157, Hawkins finished a stroke behind with a 158. Sheldon and Gast finished with 162 and 166 respectively
Overall in the invitational, the men finished in eighth out of 11 teams.
“It wasn’t what we were looking for as a team, but now we are just looking ahead to our conference tournament,” McCarthy said.
The Griffon women were set to face eight other teams.
“There were a lot of great teams in the tournament and they all played pretty well,” sophomore Amber Chivington said.
On day one, out of the nine teams, the women shot 352 and finished in seventh.
Anna Kloeppel led the Griffons after she finished the round with 83 and placed 22nd. Madison Romjue placed 23rd and finished the round with 84. Chivington, Callie Wilson and Shelby Stone followed with 92, 93 and 100 respectively
“After the first day, a few of us had actually played really well, but we all felt like we could have played better,” Chivington said.
The women improved and finished in seventh place overall, with 353 in the round and 695 collectively for both days.
Romjue finished in a tie for 28th with 175, Wilson finished in 35th with 180. Chivington and Stone finished with 182 and 190 respectively.
The Griffons will conclude their season with the MIAA championship games. The games are scheduled to be played on April 21 and 22 at the Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kan.