The men’s and women’s golf teams are finishing regular season competition before heading to the Summit League Tournament later this month.
The women’s golf team placed seventh at the Kansas City Shootout in Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday with a score of 942 (310-311-322).
University of Arkansas-Little Rock dominated the field, finishing first with 24 shots separating first and seventh place.
“We’ve been working hard this semester, and this last tournament pointed out what each one of us has to work on individually,” said senior Paola Aviles.
Senior Alejandra Acosta finished T16 overall, the highest of the Golden Eagles, but dropped four spots since the first two rounds on Monday.
“The conditions in Kansas City were tough,” said Acosta. “It was really windy which made it harder to shoot low scores, but overall we learned that the key in these kinds of conditions is to stay patient and in the moment.”
This was the final tournament before they travel to Nebraska City, Nebraska on Monday, April 18 for the Summit League Tournament. They are looking to clinch a conference win for the first time since 2012.
“[Staying patient] is the key for conference,” Acosta said. “We have to be 100 percent focused each of the three rounds to get the win. I am excited and positive we will have a good result at conference.”
The men’s golf team finished 13th at the Seattle U Redhawk Invitational in University Place, Washington with a score of 949 (324-316-309). They dropped three spots in the final round. Washington dominated the tournament all three rounds with 79 shots separating first and last.
Freshman Cody Burrows finished 9th, the highest of the ORU men for the sixth of the last eight tournaments. Blake Brorman and Spencer Sheets both ended with a score of 241.
“For me, personally, this week was decent. Top 10 finishes are always a positive,” said Burrows. “However, I feel like I had a very good opportunity to finish a lot higher. I had the lead for a little while during the second round, so it’s a little disappointing having to settle for 9th place. Now I’ve got to refocus on our next event and get in form for the conference tournament here in a few weeks.”
The Golden Eagles compete in their final regular season tournament at the ORU Shootout at Forest Ridge Golf Club on Monday and head to Newton, Kansas for the conference championship on May 1.
“This final regular season tournament should provide us with a good opportunity to build some confidence and momentum before heading off to conference,” said Brorman. “If we play to the level I believe we are capable of achieving, then I see no reason why we should not win the Summit League Championship this year.”
Story by Jadyn Watson-Fisher, Courtesy Photo