By: Jalen Pauley
Earlier this week, the men’s Griffon golf team made their way to Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, for the annual SBU invitational. The team ended up placing second overall in this tournament, giving them a huge confidence boost right before the MIAA championship.
Junior Patrick Mccarthy earned his first tournament win of the season. After leading the way both days of the tournament, Mccarthy dominated the field with a three-round score of 215 (-1). The junior entered Tuesday’s final round in a tie for second, but separated himself from the field with a score of 70 (-2) in the third round. McCarthy’s performance at SBU was one of his very best of the season. There were 81 competitors at this tournament and a total 243 rounds. There were only four individual rounds at 70 or below, and two of those rounds belonged to McCarthy.
After an outstanding performance at SBU, here’s what head coach Dillon had to say about McCarthy. “ Patrick played really well this tournament. He had been struggling for a while with shot selection, and it’s nice to see it come together for him,” coach Dillon said. “ It’s a lot of fun to see it come together for him. We’re all super happy for him.”
McCarthy wasn’t the only Griffon that placed at the SBU Invitational. Senior Cole Roberts went into the third round tied for 25th and ended up shooting a 73 (+1) to bring his three-round total to 226 and finishing 14th overall in the tournament. Roberts was enthusiastic about how he played Tuesday and is looking forward to the MIAA conference.
“I’ve worked really hard on my short game this spring season, and I felt that’s what prepared me the best for this tournament,” Roberts said. “ I was most pleased with my consistency off the tee. I was really close to a top 5 finish and just had two bad holes that kept me accomplishing that goal.”
On the women’s side, Shi Qing Ong has now won her second consecutive MIAA women’s golfer of the year award. Ong finished her senior season with four consecutive tournament wins, three MIAA women’s golfer of the week awards and four consecutive years of being named First Team All-MIAA for women’s golf. Shi Qing Ong has had an amazing four years competing for Missouri Western. The golf program looks to finish the season strong as the MIAA conference championship approaches.
The men’s MIAA Championship tournament will be held this week April 23-24 in Money Island, Oklahoma, at the Shangri-La Resort. The women’s MIAA Championship tournament is held in Mayetta, Kansas. This will be the Griffons last tournament before the NCAA National Championship.