Griffons finish strong in MIAA Tournament

By Leo Lemos

May 5, 2014

Both the Griffon men’s and women’s golf participated in the MIAA post-season tournament on April 21 to 23. Out of the 12  teams competing in the tournament, the Griffon men finished in seventh. During the first round of the tournament, the Griffon men shot their lowest round of the season, which left them in sixth place after the first round of the tournament, having fired 301. That was three strokes better than Central Oklahoma, which ultimately finished first. As an individual, junior Scott Sheldon had a good round, finishing In 12th place with 73. James O’ Brien, Evan McCarthy, Tyler Gast and Derek Hawkins finished the first round with 75, 76 , 77 and 82, respectively. After day one of the tournament, the Griffon women were in seventh place, and fired a total of 363. The women were led by Callie Wilson, who had 81 in the first round. As an individual, she sat in seventh place overall. Anna Kloeppel, Madison Romjue, Amber Chivington and Shelby Stone finished off day one with 91, 95, 96 and 98, respectively. Men’s golf shot a solid round of 303 on day two of the tournament, making their total 604 after the second day. Central Missouri was leading at the time with a day two total of 571. Individually, Sheldon and MaCarthy were tied for 12th place, each having 149. Gast, O’Brien and Hawkins followed with 150, 156, and 167, respectively. The Griffon women finished with a solid 372 on the second day, making their day two total 735. UCO led the event with a day two total of 641. Wilson continued to lead the Griffons with a day two total of 167. Romjue, Kloeppel, Chivington and Stone finished day two with 182, 189, 197, and 199, respectively. On the final tournament, day the Griffon men shot a solid 302, bringing their total for the entire tournament to 906, landing them in seventh place out of 12. UCO won the tournament with 867. As individuals, Sheldon finished in 13th place overall with 223, McCarthy in 18th with 226, Gast in 23rd with 227 and O’Brien and Hawkins finished with 233 and 241, respectively. The Griffon women finished in seventh place out of nine teams after day three, scoring 1,097. UCO was the winner of the women’s tournament, they had a score of 973. Wilson continued to lead the Griffons and finished in 10th as an individual with 252. Romjue finished in 21st with 268, Kloeppel in 29th with 278. Chivington and Stone finished with 300 and 301, respectively. Wilson was overcoming a back injury--she stepped up and led the team. “All through Spring, I had been underperforming to say the least,” Wilson said, “It was nice not only to play to my potential, but to place in comparison to the rest of the field.” Amber Chivington was excited to play the tournament, and was just grateful for the opportunity “It was just amazing being there with the team. We knew it was going to be tough, so we went into it knowing that,” Chivington said. “It was an experience that we want to build on for the next year and do even better.” Head coach Greg Dillon was very pleased with how the tournament played out. “The tournament went really well on the men’s side,” Dillon said, “The women played well also. We still have some adjustments to do, but I can see that we have a great deal to work with.” The Griffons will be saying goodbye to Shelby Stone, Evan McCarthy, Tyler Gast and Derek Hawkins. Dillon expressed how proud he was of the seniors. “At the end of the tournament, I felt optimism and pride,” Dillon said. “Seniors were really inspirational. They could have taken the last half of the season and played with little emotion or determination, but they didn’t.”