Playing in largest meet and with one of the strongest fields they would ever face, the Peru State College (PSC) Bobcat golf team finished 14th in the Doane College/NAIA Fall Preview Invitational on Sept. 24 and 25.
The Invite, featuring 21 teams from all over the country, was competed at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln, the site of the May 2013 and 2014 NAIA National Championships.
Sinae Montoya of Lubbock Christian University was the medalist shooting a two under par for the 36 holes with a score of 140. Montoya shot a five under par 66 on the second day to capture the title.
Lubbock Christian University won the tournament by a whopping 24 strokes over the second place Williams Woods (Mo.) University. Lubbock Christian had a two-day total of 592 while William Woods finished with a 616.
The other places include third – Wayland Baptist – 636, fourth – Bellevue University – 641, fifth – Concordia University (Ore.) – 644, sixth – William Penn University – 652, seventh – Dakota Wesleyan University – 672, eighth – Grand View University – 676, ninth – Viterbo University – 715, tenth – Southwestern College – 719, 11th – Morningside College – 720, 12th – Northwestern College – 727, 13th – Peru State – 742, 14th – Doane College – 743, 15th – Nebraska Wesleyan University – 750, 16th – College of St. Mary – 765, 17th – Briar Cliff College – 767, 18th – Midland University – 779, 19th - Concordia College (Neb.) – 780, 20th – Dordt College – 786, and Hastings College – competed one day only.
Bobcat head golf coach Brett Hahn was excited to enter the Doane/NAIA Fall Invite at full strength. Hahn said, “This was by far the toughest competition we have ever faced, but it didn't affect our confidence. The course was set up tough, but very fair with some pretty slick greens. Jordan played the most consistent golf of the team and is determined to work hard this offseason to help captain this team to a conference title. Courtney had a solid first day, but the fast greens and a few bad breaks led to a
round that will only serve as motivation to get better. Katie played right to her fall average the first day. If it were not for bad luck, Katie would not have had any luck at all the second day. Bad bounces and a few too many lipped out putts led to a less than stellar round that was disappointing to Katie. She fought hard the second day and I was happy with her effort.”
Hahn continued, “Jacey played very well both days. Her putting stroke found its home on the fast greens. On day one, she shot a career low nine-hole round of 46. Then, on day two, Jacey showed just how consistent she can play and how much her mental game has come along. I was very happy for her and excited to see if her improvement can carry over to the spring season. Liz continues to grow with every round of golf she plays. This has been a very good learning experience for her this fall and I hope to see her grow into a more confident golfer who will lead to lower scores this spring.”
Page 2 of 2 - In conclusion, Hahn said, “Overall this fall was definitely a step in the right direction. The team now looks towards our offseason as a time to keep honing their skills and be fully focused on what has been our main goal since day one...a HAAC Conference title!”