Wilson bring dedication and accountability to Western

The junior from Hermantown, Minnesota, Callie Wilson, is looking to do big things this upcoming season for the Missouri Western women’s golf team. With her work ethic and great attitude, Wilson hopes to have a breakout year this upcoming season. Last year she played in 10 events and 20 rounds with an average score of 85.2. She also finished in the top ten three times with her best finish being ninth at the Holiday Inn MWSU Invite. She finished tenth at the MIAA Championships and the Northwest Missouri State Bearcat Fall Invite. Coach Greg Dillon likes how dedicated Wilson is and how she continues to work on her game. “She works hard on her game,” Dillon said. “If she has a chance to practice she is out there working on and learning her game, and then tries to take that work ethic and make it reality on the golf course.” Wilson feels that she has improved her swing mechanics since she has came to college. “I feel like my swing mechanics have come a long way,” Wilson said. “When I was a freshmen I was kind of out to grind, but I feel like mechanically I have been trying to work harder on my swing so I can come out in the clutch a lot better when I am in that position.” During Wilson’s freshman season, she placed third in the Central Missouri Invitational after she recorded a 181 (91-90) and placed fourth in the Bearcat Classic with a score of 166 (80-86) Coach Dillon also likes how mentally strong Wilson is and how she doesn’t hold on to things. “If she has a bad round she is going to be the first one to try and find out what went wrong, and learn from her mistakes,” Dillon said. “That’s one of the biggest things with Callie: if she has a bad round she’s not afraid to let it go. She’ll learn from her mistakes and come back even stronger.” Wilson says that some of her favorite things about playing here at Western is playing with her teammates. “Bonding with my teammates is one of my favorites because at the end of the day, they are who you have to cheer you on and be your support system,” Wilson said. Coach Dillon also thinks that Wilson is a good teammate. “Callie is an easy girl to coach and an easy girl to have as a teammate,” Dillon said. “She’s going to go out and put her numbers up, and when she puts up a good number she is expecting the other girls to do the same.” Wilson will look to continue her success from last season during the 2015 season opening Holiday Inn Express Invitational on Sunday, March 22.

Griffons finish strong in MIAA Tournament

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.”

Griffon golf has subpar showing at Henderson State Invitational

Western men’s and women’s golf played in the HSU First Federal Bank Invitational on April 7 and 8. The men were pitted against ten other teams. “We felt pretty good coming in after doing decent at UCO’s tournament. The teams we were facing were mostly from the Great American Conference, with some quality competition,” Evan McCarthy said. At the end of day one, junior James O’Brien led the men, finishing the round with 76 and was tied for 22nd overall. Not far behind with 77 and tied for 28th was McCarthy. Derek Hawkins, Scott Sheldon and Tyler Gast followed with 80, 81 and 87 respectively. “I played quite well the first day, until I made a double bogey on 17 and bogeyed 18 for 77,” McCarthy said. Overall, the men shot 314 and sat at ninth for the first round of the invitational. At the end of day two, the men improved and shot 312. Leading the men on day two was McCarthy with 74. He finished off the invitational tied for 14th. O'Brien finished in 39th with a 157, Hawkins finished a stroke behind with a 158. Sheldon and Gast finished with 162 and 166 respectively Overall in the invitational, the men finished in eighth out of 11 teams. “It wasn’t what we were looking for as a team, but now we are just looking ahead to our conference tournament,” McCarthy said. The Griffon women were set to face eight other teams. “There were a lot of great teams in the tournament and they all played pretty well,” sophomore Amber Chivington said. On day one, out of the nine teams, the women shot 352 and finished in seventh. Anna Kloeppel led the Griffons after she finished the round with 83 and placed 22nd. Madison Romjue placed 23rd and finished the round with 84. Chivington, Callie Wilson and Shelby Stone followed with 92, 93 and 100 respectively “After the first day, a few of us had actually played really well, but we all felt like we could have played better,” Chivington said. The women improved and finished in seventh place overall, with 353 in the round and 695 collectively for both days. Romjue finished in a tie for 28th with 175, Wilson finished in 35th with 180. Chivington and Stone finished with  182 and 190 respectively. The Griffons will conclude their season with the MIAA championship games. The games are scheduled to be played on April 21 and 22 at the Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kan.

Western golf heads to Omaha

The ladies of the Western golf team will host the Omaha Invite this weekend, March 30 and 31, in Omaha, Neb. The Griffons have participated in seven tournaments in their 2013-14 season, but have only competed twice this spring. Western welcomed 16 teams on March 23 and 24 to compete in the Holiday Inn Golf Invitational. On day one, the Griffons shot up in the rankings. Callie Wilson, who hit an (81) for the first round, led Western and was tied for ninth overall. Madison Romjue claimed an (87) round to place her in second for Western, and tied her for 31st overall. Day two of the Holiday Inn Golf Invitational was cut short due to snow. The Griffons would claim eighth place out of the 16 teams. “Now that we’ve started seeing two golfers break into the top 20 and top 10, it’s going to put pressure on the other ones. All it’s going to do is push them to be that much better,” head coach Greg Dillon said. Western will be heading to Omaha, Neb. for the Tiburon Invitational, along with several schools. Upper Iowa will be making an appearance, as well as Sioux Falls. The Peacocks placed fifth at the Holiday Inn Golf Invitational. Grace Onsurd, who lead Upper Iowa, hit an (83) round, tying her for 14th overall. Christy Nelson hit an (84) round, placing her second on the Peacocks and tying her for 19th overall. The Cougars claimed 14th place at the Holiday Inn Golf Invitational. Tavia Rutherford also hit an (83) round, tying her with Onsurd of Upper Iowa for 14th overall. Rutherford led Sioux Falls. Mikaela Theobald hit an (89) round, placing her second on Sioux Falls and tying her for 40th overall. While Western will be up against some tough competition, the team is optimistic about their chances. “I think [the chances] are better. Obviously, they’re going to be going against some really good teams up there,” Dillon said. “But, as long as we can have some steady finishes, we can maybe even get into the fifth or sixth. We just got to keep pushing those scores down.” The Griffons, who placed as high as third in the fall, are hoping their new strength conditioning regimen and practices in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex have improved their talents and will give them an advantage. “We’ve only been outside a couple times since then. But we’ve noticed, in all of us, that we’ve been hitting the ball farther,” sophomore Amber Chivington said. Overall, Dillon has noticed the steady improvements the team has made throughout the season. “We are on the up swing, there’s no question,” Dillon said. “The biggest thing we wanted to do was change the culture and change the way we did things in the off season.” Western will start the Omaha Invite on Sunday, March 30 in Omaha, Neb at 8:00 a.m.

October’s golf results

From October Men's Southwest Baptist Invitational - 11 teams Western ties for fifth overall — t9. Tyler Gast with a score of 145 Park University Fall Invitational - 9 teams Western places third overall — t.11 Tyler Gast with a score of 80. Women's Bearcat Fall Golf Classic - 6 teams Western places first overall — 6. Casi Webb with a score of 172. Park University Fall Invitational - 10 teams Western places third overall — 5. Natalie Bird with a score of 163. Truman Bulldog Classic - 6 teams Western places second overall — t4. Shelby Stone with a score of 163.