MSU Golf: Women Win 1st-Ever Team Tournament

The Midwestern State Mustangs won their first-ever team tournament championship Tuesday with a six-stroke win at the Southwest Classic hosted by Dallas Baptist.

The Mustangs posted a team total of 612 to beat defending West Regional and Lone Star Conference Champion Tarleton State, who put up a 618 at the par 72, 5,989 yard Tierra Verde Golf Club. Central Oklahoma was third with a 631 and first-round leader Texas A&M-Commerce placed fourth with a 636.

Junior Taylor Klutts led the way for MSU in the second round, firing a one-over-par 73 on her way to a ninth place finish.

Freshman Brenna Moore tallied a two-over 74 for a fifth place tie with junior Kendra Whittley who carded a four-over 76 in the final round.

The Mustangs also got a 78 from junior Lindsay Burkhart, with an 82 from junior Lauren Romines.
"The girls played great today," beaming MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "As a team we were outstanding from tee to green."
"Because of the rough greens, ball striking was at a premium. We hit 70 percent of our shots in the fairway and were on the green in regulation 65 percent of the time."
Ray said the Mustangs felt they were in control of the tournament the entire round, playing with first day leader A&M-Commerce and third place finisher Central Oklahoma. However, Ray knew the power was in the other playing group.
"We didn't know what Tarleton was doing. But I told the team don't even worry about that and play golf."
The Mustangs posted the best team round of the tournament with the final round 301, bettering Tarleton's 303.
MSU beat Tarleton despite the TexAnns going 1-2 individually. Sharon Lau won the individual event with a one-under 143, while sister Jacqueline added a three-over 147. Texas A&M-Commerce's Chantry McMahan and Northwood's Esther King tied for third at five-over 149, with Whittley and Moore joining two others at six-over 150.
"It's a very special day and it's been fun," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "This field had strong, regionally ranked teams and it's given us a chance to get off to a good start."
The Mustangs return to action next week at the Northeastern State Classic in Tahlequah, Okla., on Monday and Tuesday.

Smith 4th, MSU 5th at Coody West Texas Intercollegiate

Midwestern State junior Sam Smith fired a five-under 66 in the final round of the Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate to lead the Mustangs to a fifth place finish at the par 72, 6,977-yard Diamondback Golf Club.
Smith paired his 66, the low round on Tuesday, with Monday's opening round 72 to finish in a fourth place tie individually at four-under 138.
The Mustangs put up a 292 as team in the final round to finish two strokes behind fourth place West Texas A&M at 575 and a stroke ahead of Cameron sixth place 578. Central Oklahoma won the event with a 563, beating host Abilene Christian by four strokes at 567. Our Lady of the Lake, from San Antonio, was third with a 571.
Mustangs sophomore Jeremy LeGuen carded a two-over 73 to finish in 17th at 144, while junior Raine Copeland finished 13th after five-over 76 in the final round to stand at one-over 143. Brett Perry added a 77 for the Mustangs to finish at 152, while junior Antonio Herran added a 78 for a two-day 155 total.
"We had our moments," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "We can do better, but it wasn't a bad showing overall."
Individually, ACU's Alex Carpenter shot a two-under 69 in the final round and held on for a two-stroke win with an eight-under 134. UCO's Josh Creel added a 68 for a six-under 136, with Cameron's Brady Porter third at five-under 137.
The Mustangs visit The Territory Country Club next week for the Territory Classic hosted by Cameron.