The No. 18 Arkansas Tech Golden Suns golf team finished only two shots behind first-place No. 13 Central Oklahoma as the two squads vied for supremacy at the 16th annual NSU Golf Classic at the Cherokee Springs Golf Course on Sept. 16.
Tech and Central Oklahoma concluded play on the first day tied for the lead, each team with a 304 shot tally. But the Golden Suns’ 302 stroke total on day two was enough for the Broncos, shooting 300 on the final day, to claim a victory.
“I thought we had a really great tournament overall,” head coach Amy Anderson said. “We were able to lower our score the second day which is always what we want to do. Golf is just one of those games where a mistake anywhere can cost you a stroke. With 18 teams in the field, finishing second is something to be proud of.”
Senior Megan Jeffery tied for first place individually overall, shooting a first-round low of 1-over 73. Jeffery added a stroke on her second day and finished with a 147 total tally.
Tying for third individually in the overall heat, senior Rebecka Surtevall shot her tournament low 1-under 71 on the final day, placing her one stroke behind Jeffery at the finish with 148 shot finish.
Fellow senior Taylor Kline tied for 12th individually, wrapping up play with a second-day low of 4-over 76 and a 155 total stroke count.
Sophomores Caroline Fredensborg and Laura Gallizo placed fourth and fifth for Tech, as well as tying for 14th and 54th individually overall, respectively. Fredensborg’s first-day low of 3-over 75 helped her to a 156 final tally. Gallizo’s tournament low of 9-over 81 came on day two, as she finished with 169 strokes total.
“With every tournament you can find something to improve on and the biggest things for us are making smart decisions on the golf course and staying disciplined with our game plan,” Anderson said.
Tech’s Jeffery shared her first-place individual finish with the Broncos’ Marla Souvannasing. Four of five Golden Suns golfers finished in the top 15 individually, more than any other team at the tournament.
The Golden Suns finished third at the UIndy Fall Invitational in Indianapolis on Monday. Results from the tournament will be included in the next edition of The Arka Tech.
In a field consisting of nine of the nation’s top 50 teams, the No. 23 Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys golf team finished 11th out of the 13 teams at the Brickyard Crossing Invitational at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course on Sept. 16 with a final two-day tally of 615.
“We struggled with the strength of the field and had an off week,” head coach Luke Calcatera said. “A lot of those teams have played for a national championship, so if you don’t play well you’re going to finish at the bottom.”
Tech’s first round of play, scheduled for 36 holes, was cut in half because of inclement weather, but the Wonder Boys finished the second and final round with a 309 total for the day.
Junior Brian Belz led the way for Tech with a second-day low of 75, three shots over par. Belz finished tied for 34th overall individually, shooting a total of 152 in two days of play.
Finishing in a tie for 41st was sophomore Austin Smith, who shot his tournament low on day one with a 3-over 75. Smith wrapped up play with a shot tally of 153, one shot behind Tech’s No. 1 finisher Belz.
Penciling in a 5-over 77 on consecutive days, senior Alex Mahlik tied for 45th overall with a total tally of 154. Fellow senior Jason Purdy trailed Mahlik as he finished fourth for Tech. Purdy shot a first-day low of 5-over 77, finishing play tied for 56th with a 157 shot total.
Freshman D.J. Godoy tied for 69th individually in a field rife with talent. Godoy’s tournament low came on the second day, shooting a 7-over 79, which gave him a 162 finish.
Central Oklahoma took home the overall team victory from Indianapolis with a final shot tally of 578, while Grand Valley State’s Jack Rider earned an individual overall first-place finish.
The Wonder Boys finished fourth at the NSU Golf Classic at Hillcrest Country Club on Tuesday. Results from the tournament will be included in the next edition of The Arka Tech.