PARKVILLE, MO – Both men's and women's golf had a rocky first day on the course at the Park Invitation, but played better the second day of competition.
Weather: Sunny and 85 for day1 with strong wind of 20-30mph that affected the scoring for the entire field of players. Day 2 – Sunny and 75 with much lighter wind 5mph.
The men finished 11th out of 13 teams, while the women did not have a team score. The men's two day score was a 657 (357-300). The first place finisher was Sterling College with a 611.
Ujang Zarems once again led the Jackets tied for 12th place finish. He turned in a 2-day total of 158 (90-68). Bryce McEachern continues to be consistent for Graceland, turning in scorecards of 86 and 76 (162). He tied for 29th. Andy Rumbaugh, Logan Currin, and Mark Fink rounded out the top five with scores of 163, 174 and 181, respectively.
Head Coach Kevin Brunner said,
"The easiest way to look at the first day of the tournament is to say 'Just forget it'. Golf, like any sport, has its ups and downs. As a team, we were riding high off a very good performance at our last tournament. I informed the players prior to the first day that the wind would make the course play more difficult and that the scoring for all players would be higher. I thought we were mentally prepared but we just couldn't make the shots we normally do during a tournament. From top to bottom we played 10 to 15 strokes worse than our average. I asked the team after the round to answer one question – 'Did you give up?' I don't believe any of them gave up. It was a difficult day. Simply put, the course and the conditions won."
"The second day was different story. I was very proud of the way we bounced back. Shooting an even 300 on another difficult course made it much easier to enter the offseason and begin to prepare for the spring season. I know these guys played with a lot of pride today and showed that they can battle through adversity. We tied for the third best score today after our poor performance. I was especially proud of the senior leadership. . I am excited about the spring season and what we can accomplish. We can make a run for the conference championship."
The women's team once again did not post a team score, but are looking to be joined in the spring by some injured players.
Brunner went on to say the following regarding the women's outting,
"Another great experience for the women. The nice part about this tournament is that we played a course that helps us understand how far we need to go with our games. The two courses we played were outstanding tests of golf. I know the women were frustrated after the first day but the course and the conditions were difficult. They never gave up and never believed they were beaten by the conditions or the course. Not even slow play kept them from doing their best. The second day showed improvement for players."
Hanna Gordon tied for 20th at the tournament with a two-day score of 185. She carded a 97 and 88 for the two days, respectively. Brunner said, "I think this experience will help her understand what she is capable of doing and what she needs to work on."
Julia Austin shot her best round of golf of the season with a 197 (104-93). "She understands that as she improves, she will be able to meet the challenges of playing these types of courses," continued Brunner.
Lastly, Jenna Cole rounded out the women's individual players. Cole struggled with finding her consistency, as she posted a two-day mark of 204 (102-102). Brunner went on to say, "The frustration was evident on her face; however, I am confident that she will be ready to play better in the spring."
The golf team's have completed their fall season and will return to the course in the spring. For updates on golf and all our teams, follow @GUjackets on Twitter and like us at Facebook.com/GUjackets.
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