Sunday, March 27, 2011

RSU Golf Aiming for Progression

The Sooner Athletic Conference is known for having one of the most competitive leagues in the NAIA across the country.

With a few spring tournaments under their belts, the Rogers State Men’s and Women’s golf teams are looking to make a name for themselves in the conference.

“The teams have continued to make progress,” said Randa Fay, RSU assistant head coach. “We have to elevate our performance to be competitive at this level.”

Earlier this month, the men’s team captured their highest placing of the season finishing fourth in the Crawford-Wade Invitational played in Pottsboro, Texas. The Hillcats held their own amongst a host of NCAA Division II schools.

Sophomore Tanner Owens led the Hillcats tying for 12th with a three-day score of 233. Freshman Landon Morgan followed closely behind finishing 15th with a total score of 234.

During spring break, RSU faced stiff competition at the UST Mamiya Texas Intercollegiate tournament finishing 13th out of 15 teams.Five SAC schools, including RSU, competed in the tournament with four of those teams finishing in the top 10 of the 15 team tournament.

RSU women are also facing a high competitive field. Earlier this month, the Hillcats teed up in Dallas, Texas at the Audible Closed Championship finishing eighth in team play.

Freshman Whitney Hocutt led the way for the Cats finishing 39th with a two-day score of 257. As the season progresses, Coach Fay senses great potential from both golf teams.

“We must believe in the ability that is there and feed off of the drive and passion that it takes to be a leader and competitive athletes,” concluded Fay.

RSU Golf will return to the Oklahoma links Mar. 27-29 at the OWU Spring Invitational Golf Tournament in Bartlesville Okla., and Apr. 3-5 at the OBU Invitational in Shawnee, Okla.


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