Men’s, women’s golf earns top 10 finishes

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After a long winter break Western’s men were back in action. The team traveled to Oklahoma City for the Broncho Invitational where the team finished tenth.

The weather was a big factor according to coach Greg Dillon.

“The wind that I saw was as bad as I’ve ever seen,” Dillon said.

The Griffons finished with a team score of 675 on the par 72 course. Leading the Griffons was Jakob Rudosky, who recorded a 162 score in two rounds. Rudosky finished 12th individually, shooting and 80 and 82.

“Jakob has been a real big surprise this spring,” Dillon said. “We’ve been expecting him to have a breakout year.”

Ryan Hand had the second best score on the team and placed 22nd in the tournament with a score of 163. Then there was Corey Knight who finished 46th in the tournament with a score of 168.

“Ryan is still in the hunt for a regional championship,” Dillon said.

Oklahoma Christian won the tournament with a team score of 631 in the two round tourney. Central Oklahoma finished second with a score of 632 and third was Southwestern Oklahoma State with a score of 639.

The team will return to action on April 4 for the Henderson State tournament in Mountain Home, Ark., at The Big Creek Golf Course.

“We’ve had a pretty good start to the spring,” Dillon said. “But we’re looking for more.”

The women’s team traveled to Axtell, Neb., for the UNK Spring Invite. The team finished ninth in the tournament with a team score of 646 over two rounds.

Shi Qing Ong finished with the best individual score on the team, shooting 153 in her two rounds. Ong finished in 11th place individually.

“Shi Qing has really stepped-up her game and she is really fun to watch,” Dillon said.

Senior Callie Wilson was second on the team, shooting 163 and Madison Romjue was third on the team scoring a 164.

Northeastern State University won the tournament with a team score of 607. The RiverHawks also produced the individual champion, Baylee Price. Price scored a 145 in the two-day event.

The women will join the men in Arkansas for the Henderson State University Invitational.

“We’ve got more regional tournaments and the conference tournament ahead of us,” Dillon said. “Our focus is to go after some of the top schools in the region.”