Griffons place 4th in Lindenwood Invitational

Men's Golf Sports

Missouri Western braved the frigid temperatures in St. Charles, Mo. to take home a fourth place finish in the Lindenwood Invitational at Missouri Bluffs Golf Course.
Western finished with a score of 899, but struggled on the final round. There first two rounds they shot 295 and 298, but on the final round shot 306.
They were led by sophomore Patrick McCarthy who finished 5-over par 218 and tied for seventh place. The next highest finisher for Western was sophomore Kevin Kim who shot 11-over par 224 and tied for sixteenth place.
McCarthy felt like the second day the course was tougher.
“Day 2 the course I thought played much tougher,” McCarthy said. “The pin locations were a lot tougher meaning you could not fire at a lot of pins because if you would miss it would almost be an automatic bogey. The greens I thought were also a touch faster.”
Assistant coach Ryan Hand was proud of how the team performed.
“I feel the team performance was good,” Hand said. “We are getting better about finish golf rounds as a team. I feel that we can play with anyone that we tee it up against.”
McCarthy felt as if the team hasn’t reached their full potential yet.
I felt that we played ok we just didn’t have our best,” McCarthy said. “We all played decent but not our best. We were all a little disappointed at the end but I feel that we learned a lot from the week and we will use that for next week to our advantage.”
Hand feels like the team can keep improving their game until it’s at their best when they need it to be.
“The team needs to improve on saving shots around the course and keep taking steps toward that next level,” Hand said. “If we keep elevating our game we can peak at a good time in the season and hopefully make a run at the regional tournament.”
Hand feels like the team is preparing well for the upcoming events.
Everyone is working hard to be the best they can for each other, representing MWSU athletics, the university on the golf course and the hard work in the classroom,” Hand said.
In the latest NCAA Central Regional Poll, Western golf was ranked seventh. As long as they’re ranked in the top ten of their regional they’d qualify for the NCAA Regional in Findlay, Ohio May 7-9.
Next for Western golf will travel to Edmond, Ok. to participate in the MIAA Bronco Stampede April 16-17.