Mustang Golf Finishes Regular Season Strong at Regionals
Going into the regional tournament, the Mustang men were poised and ready for a fantastic finish to their regular season. As expected, it was a pressure-packed event where all the teams knew the stakes; a guaranteed berth into the National Championship. TMC's team also knew that they were right where they wanted to be- focused on Christ mentally and feeling good physically. They knew that they are peaking at the right time and they knew that a first place finish was a real possibility. With Kevin Anderson producing another masterful performance, it was nearly accomplished.
With 70 degree weather and just enough clouds to provide some shade, the stage was set for a great performance. The Mustangs responded well to the pressure of the event as they led the way from the beginning. Kevin Anderson was, once again, the leader of the pack, going low in the 1st round, shooting a 5-under par 67. Right behind him was the young Thane Ringler, firing a 4-under par 68 in the 2nd round. With the first two rounds completed on day one, it was TMC tied for the lead with Point Loma Nazarene University at 589.
The final round was played Tuesday and the Mustangs were ready to close things out. The team played solidly, again led by Anderson and Ringler who both shot a 1-over par 73. With a total team score of 296 for the final round the Mustangs were just edged out by Point Loma, who shot 290. The Mustangs finished tied for 2nd place, tying with Holy Names University. Anderson finished tied for 1st and went into a sudden-death playoff for the individual title. Unfortunately, Oscar Casillas from PNLU beat Kevin on the first playoff hole, making birdie on the 18th hole to win.
Coach Jason Semelsberger was pleased with his team's outing. He commented, "I am excited that we played well for us and it was really cool to see Kevin have yet another good event, finishing T1st. It was really fun competing down the stretch with the guys. I cannot wait to continue to prepare for Nationals as I believe we are really peaking at the right time! Praise the Lord for His goodness and provision."
The Mustangs finished the regular season having finished an impressive 1st or 2nd place in 7 of their 10 events. They will now await the decision from the National Rating committee to determine whether they will compete in the NAIA National Championship at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL on May 24th - May 27th. The final National Rating will be released on May 12th.