TMC Golf Takes Sixth In CBU's Collegiate
The Mustang Golf team spent the last two days competing in the CBU Spring Break Collegiate in Primm, NV with hopes of moving themselves up in the NAIA rankings. The opportunity was ripe before them as the tournament boasted a field packed with ranked teams with 8 of the field of 16 teams ranked in the top 25 of the NAIA's latest polls. Among them were No. 2 Oklahoma City, No. 4 Grand View, No. 7 Southern Nazarene, and No. 11 Holy Names University, and No. 14 University of Victoria. The Mustangs were ready to upset the field and earn a first place finish.
Unfortunately, things did not go quite as planned. In the first round of play TMC found themselves falling behind the leaders quickly. Oklahoma City took the lead with a 292. The Mustangs were down 12 strokes at 304 and tied for 6th place. Andrew Bergoon led the way in the first round with a 74.
In the second round Thane Ringler stepped up to the plate cutting 7 strokes off his first round performance and turning in a 71 to move himself from 41st place all the way up to 11th. The team produced a 298 total over the two rounds and took sole possession of sixth place.
Coming into the second day and last round of play the Mustangs hoped to really shake things up and claim a top spot. Though able to improve their performance again, this time shaving their score down to a 293, they were unable to make up any ground on their competitors and remained in 6th place. Kevin Anderson finished with the team's best performance in the event finishing in 8th place for yet another top-10 finish, shooting a 69 to close things out.
In the end, the current No. 18 Mustangs were able to come away with some positives as they beat No. 11 Holy Names by 2 strokes, No. 14 University of Victoria by 4 strokes, No. 23 CSU San Marcos by one stroke and No. 25 Cal Baptist by ten strokes. The other teams who finished in the top five were currently ranked ahead of them in the NAIA. Playing in a field with the best competition they've seen to date, the Mustangs know they are capable of beating the top teams in the NAIA if they continue to improve.
In the meantime, TMC looks on to their next opportunity to turn in a solid performance and earn themselves a trip to the NAIA National Tournament when they play in the Viking Classic in Ankeny, Iowa on April 2nd and 3rd.