The Master's Men's golf team missed winning their home tournament by just one stroke. The TMC Fall invite took place Monday and Tuesday with 11 teams competing, including GSAC competitors Point Loma Nazarene, California Baptist, and BIOLA.
After the first day, the Mustang men led all teams by 2 strokes on the par 72, 6469 yard course. It looked as though another TMC championship might be on the horizon. Coming into day two, with one round to play, the Mustangs were able to pick up their play from the previous day's performance. They beat their best score by two strokes- from a 302 in round one, to an even 300 in round three. Kevin Anderson, who led all golfers through the first round but fell back a few strokes in the second (79), picked up his game again and was only one stroke off his first round score, going from a 71 to a 72. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, British Columbia improved on their play also--just enough to squeeze past the Mustangs to best them by one stroke- edging them out 908 to the Mustangs' 909.
TMC saw four Mustangs finish in the top 25 in a field of 63 golfers. Anderson led the way with his third place +6 finish and was followed by Michael Reitz at T-5th with a +10 final score, Daniel Mothershead who finished T-18th at +16, and John Lawson who finished 24th at +18. Coach Semelsberger responded to British Columbia's final round steal saying, "We played solid today for a very windy day…they just played a little better. We praise the Lord and our hats are off to British Columbia."
TMC had won their first three tournaments before this tournament with wins at the Lamkin Grip Invitational, the Holy Names Invitational and the NCCAA National Championship. With three championships and one 2nd place finish under their belts, the Mustangs are pleased with their play this Fall and eager to build upon it come February when they'll go for their fourth championship to open up Spring play.