October 23, 2003
Tiger golf team places ninth at Newman Tourney
ANDOVER — Playing in its final competition of the fall, the Cowley County Community College men’s golf team placed ninth out of 11 teams at the Newman University Tournament Monday and Tuesday at Terradyne Country Club.
Freshman Ryan Hobbs (79-81 — 160) and sophomore Jimmy Ginal (82-78 — 160) led Tiger golfers, finishing in a tie for 20th.
“I was real pleased with both of their play,” Cowley coach Nathan Pryor said. “They played the course very well, both mentally and physically.”
Freshman Trent Macy, who has been the Tigers’ top golfer in two fall tournaments, shot a 100 in the first round before coming back with an 83. Macy’s two-round total of 183 earned him a 49th-place finish.
Sophomore Tanner Smith (95-92 — 187) and freshman Michael Axline (95-92 — 187) had identical rounds and finished tied for 51st.
Two of Cowley’s top golfers, Ben Gill and Brandon Herman, did not play in the tournament, so that some of the younger players could gain tournament experience.
“We had some young blood out there,” Pryor said. “Now they know that tournament play is a little different than qualifying rounds in practice. Terradyne is a pretty tough course to play your first college tournament in.”
Host Newman University used split squads to finish first and second at the tournament, while Hutchinson and Johnson County placed third and fourth, respectively.
Newman’s Eric Fox was the top individual finisher at the tournament as he shot a 69 and 70 to finish seven strokes better than his teammate, Eban Waters (72-74 — 146).
Cowley will now continue to work on its game in preparation of the spring season. The Tigers’ spring season will begin March 28 with a two-day tournament at Junction City’s Rolling Meadows Golf Course.
“We will work on our short game, we can eliminate quite a few strokes in that aspect,” Pryor said. “We also need to learn when to be aggressive and when to play it safe. We progressed all right in the fall, but I hope to progress even more in the offseason. When it’s too cold to play outside, we will do indoor work.”
Team scores: (1) Newman #1, 296-302 — 598; (2) Newman University #2, 303-309 — 612; (3) Hutchinson, 313-309 — 622; (4) Johnson County, 312-314 — 626; (5) Tabor College, 319-312 — 631; (6) Kansas Wesleyan, 327-315 — 642; (7) Southwestern College, 325-328 — 653; (8) Newman University #3, 328-332 — 660; (9) Cowley County, 348-334 — 682; (10) Newman University #4, 345-357 — 702; (11) Oklahoma Wesleyan, 381-349 — 730.