Hand shines as Griffons host men’s golf tournament

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Griffon golfer Ryan Hand takes a swing during the Holiday Inn Express Classic at St. Joseph Country Club on Tuesday. *Submitted Photo
Griffon golfer Ryan Hand takes a swing during the Holiday Inn Express Classic at St. Joseph Country Club on Tuesday. *Submitted Photo

The Griffons finished in 12th in the MWSU Holiday Inn Express Classic, which they hosted at St. Joseph Country Club.

Western shot a 914 for the weekend, with 299, 314 and 301 scores in the three rounds of the event.

“We could’ve played better, but guys didn’t give up,” Griffon golfer Ryan Hand said. “They grinded it out and just did the best we could.”

Hand led the Western competitors with rounds of 70, 74 and 73. He finished in fourth place among the individuals in the field.

“I kept the ball in-play and hit it pretty well,” Hand said. “Just had a few errant swings that cost me a few shots in the end. That’s golf though. You can always look back and find out where you missed shots.”

Hand, although that is a great result for him and his team, knows he can do even better as in this same tournament last season he was able to finish first.

Hand is very familiar with the course, having played several tournaments there in the past, but on aspect that made this event different was how dark the course was as the second round was wrapping up Monday evening.

“It has been a while since I’ve played in that much darkness,” Hand said.

Hand embraced that challenge however and flourished with his last hole of the day.

“We all hit our second shots [on the 18th hole] and only saw two of [of the four],” Hand said. “I was just assuming mine was on the green, [it was], got up there and couldn’t really see the hole from 20-feet so I just kind of judged it and hit it and it actually fell in [for eagle].”

Fellow-Griffon Jakob Rudosky shot 75, 73 and 78 and was able to finish in a tie for 27th.

“Jakob played well,” Hand said. “He kept the ball in play.”

Corey Knight, Drew Lagan and Dylan Queen rounded the participants for Western with 235, 240 and 244 respectively.

“All the guys on the team,” Hand said. “Even if it’s not going well, none of us are going to give up. We are just going to keep fighting till the last stroke.”

Missouri Western will be back in action on Monday in Florence, Alabama against North Alabama.

“We’ll be ready this week in Alabama,” Hand said. “We just need to keep our heads up and give our all again, just keep grinding. Golf is golf, it’s going to happen.”

The event will be a two-day event and will wrap up the team’s fall season.

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