Sunday, October 24, 2010

RSU golf looking to improve with more competition

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The Rogers State’s men’s golf team slips through a close race taking tenth out of 17 teams in the U.C. Ferguson Classic, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Hillcats wrapped up the event with an 872 total and two shots behind Northwood (Texas) and Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) who tied for eighth.

Though overall team performance could have been better, RSU golf coach Lynn Blevins was pleased with individual efforts

RSU Freshman Landon Morgan finished with a score off 212 tying him for 17th place out of 89 golfers. It was Morgan’s first tournament since the season’s opener.

“I was happy with how I played since I hadn’t played that much golf recently,” said Morgan.

“I was very impressed with Landon Morgan,” said Blevins. “As an incoming freshman, he played to the level that I thought he could and would, so that was very encouraging.”

Not to far behind were Tanner Owens tying for 36th with a 219 total and Bo Sarratt tying for 38th place at 220. Mariano Newton tied for 46th with a 223 total and Jared Ward tied for 61st.

The Hillcat women’s golf team concluded their fall schedule with a sixth place finish in the OCU Stars Fall Classic in Oklahoma City, Okla. After shooting 335 as a team the first day, RSU bested their team total in day two with a 333 card.

RSU was led by a strong first day performance of freshman Whitney Hocutt as she shot a seven-over 79. The Claremore native finished the two-day event with a 161 tying for 19th. Jennifer Almy followed tying for 23rd after carding a total of 162.

Amy Aday finished tying at 37th with a two-day total of 170 and teammate Katy Seegar finished five strokes behind tying for 39th. Kelsey Short improved upon her first day total to shoot a 92 in the second day to tie for 49th.

Good ball striking are keeping the men’s and women’s teams competitive, but RSU is looking to improve in the scoring club in order to have an edge over their opponents.

“We’re losing mostly all of our shots compared to the schools that are beating us, from a hundred yards in,” said Blevins.

Along with eliminating mental mistakes Blevins says improvements in those areas will come with more competition.

RSU women will resume golfing competition in March while taking the off-season to improve their golf game.

“They now have a good idea where they are on the competitive scale with the other teams, and what they have do to get there,” said Blevins. “Come spring, we kind of have to step it up a notch and I think all the girls understand that.”

RSU men will close out their fall competition Oct. 24-26 as they travel to Mansfield, Texas to compete in the Northwood Fall Shootout.

In Photo: Freshman golfer Whitney Hocutt
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