Reddies win Falconer Memorial
DANVILLE — Henderson State opened its spring golf schedule by winning the prestigious Dave Falconer Memorial Invitational on Tuesday.
The Reddies finished with a team score of 580 after shooting a 287 on Monday followed by a 293 Tuesday afternoon in windy conditions at the Chamberlyne Country Club.
Henderson State entered the final round tied with Arkansas Tech, but the Reddies were seven shots better than the Wonder Boys. Southwestern Oklahoma State turned in the best team score on Tuesday with a 292 and finished one stroke better than ATU.
The 17-team event included nine teams from the Great American Conference and 15 teams from the NCAA Central Region. The Reddies were ranked sixth in the last region rankings.
Matt Jennings led the Reddies with a 69 on Tuesday and finished second overall with a 36-hole total of 142. Jennings played the par 5 holes at 4-under par and was second in the field with nine birdies.
Baxter Woosley posted a 75 on Tuesday and finished with a 146 total, good enough for fifth-place.
Mauricio Lira and Joseph Hausberger both tied for 10th place with Lira having rounds of 73 and 74, while Hausberger scored a 72 on Monday and finished with a 75 Tuesday.
Hausberger ended with 24 pars which was second most, with Lira having 23 pars.
Henderson’s first round leader, Gil Debusscher turned in a 78 on Tuesday after having a 71 on Monday. Debusscher finished tied for 21st.
As a team, the Reddies led the field in par 4 scoring having an average of 4.09. Henderson State totaled 33 birdies, a tournament-best 112 pars and finished par 5 scoring at 8-under par.
Evans leads Harding to fourth-place finish
DANVILLE — The Harding men’s golf team posted its third-best score of the season and moved up one spot to finish fourth of 17 teams at the Dave Falconer Memorial Invitational, played Monday and Tuesday at Chamberlyne Country Club.
Harding shot 299 in the first round and improved to 293 in the final round to finish at 16-over 592. It was the Bisons’ fifth round under 300 this season and tied for the second-best second-round score in the tournament.
Henderson State won the event by six strokes over Southwestern Oklahoma. The Reddies shot 4-over 580 and had four golfers in the top 10.
Leading the Harding charge was senior Kyle Evans, who recorded the first top-10 of his career. He shot 75 in the first round and followed that with an even-par 72 in the second round for a 3-over 147 to tie for 10th. The 72 was Evans’ best single-round score of the season and his second round of par or better. His two-round score was also a career-best.
Three other Bisons-Lucas Collins, Brad Lamb, and Alex Williamson-finished tied for 21st at 5-over 149. Jordan Perry tied for 27th at 6-over 150.
Williamson and Collins both had eagles in the second round. Evans led Harding with eight birdies in the tournament, and Perry topped the team with 23 pars.
Hendrix opens spring at CBU invite
BARTLETT, Tenn. — The Hendrix College women’s golf team opened the spring season at the Christian Brothers University Spring Invitational at Quail Ridge Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday.
The Warriors only had two compete in the event. Sophomore Sydney King shot a 109-88=197 to tie place 30th on the par 71 course. King’s 88 strokes was a personal best.
Junior Kelsi McClure shot a 101-97=198, tying for 31st.
Hendrix will compete again on Mar. 24 at the Centenary/Hal Sutton Invitational in Bossier City, La.
Brown ties for fifth, Mann eighth at invitational
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — University of Central Arkansas’ Sarah Brown tied for fifth and Kendra Mann tied for eighth on Tuesday at the Southern Miss Lady Eagle Invitational at Hattiesburg Country Club.
Brown, a sophomore from Mt. Pleasant, Texas, shot rounds of 75-76 for a 151. Mann, a junior from Harrah, Okla., shot 71-81—152. Three other golfers, junior Malin Senneryd, sophomore Frida Svensson and senior Carly Dear finished in the Top 60.
Host Southern Miss own the tournament at 608.
Golden Suns finish second at UCO classic
EDMOND, Okla. — Rebecka Surtevall carded a second-round 75 (+5) to finish in fourth place, while Taylor Kline turned in a final-round 76 (+6) to finish knotted for seventh, as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns golf team shot a final-round 307 to finish second at the UCO Kickingbird Classic on Tuesday.
Tech finished just two strokes behind tournament champion Oklahoma Christian, who erased 21 strokes from their opening-round score, improving from an opening-round 316 to shoot a final-round 295, going from a tie for fourth after the opening round to a two-stroke win.
Megan Jeffery improved by three strokes to card a final-round 76, but dropped from a ninth-place tie to an 11th-place tie. Laura Gallizo fired an 80 to finish in 21st, while Caroline Fredensborg shot a final-round 85 to finish in a 22nd-place tie.
With her two-round score of 149, Surtevall finished four strokes behind individual medalist Elia Folch of Oklahoma City University.
Tech will return to action on March 23-24, when the Golden Suns travel to St. Joseph, Mo. to compete in the Missouri Western Spring Invitational.