MSU Golf Invitational

WOMEN'S GOLF: Moore leads Mustangs to 5th-place showing at MSU Invitational

Freshman Brenna Moore finished one stroke out of the lead, but the rest of the Midwestern State women struggled Tuesday in the only round of the weather-shortened MSU Invitational at the Champions Course at Weeks Park.

Moore posted a 1-over-par 73 on the 6,112 yard Champions track to tie for fifth, just one stroke off the four-way tie at even-par 72.

Dallas Baptist's Mercedes Rios was named the champion after a scorecard playoff, with Alisa White and Eva Rogers of West Texas A&M and Taylor Neidy of Central Oklahoma were officially tied for second all after shooting par golf.

"Brenna had another great tournament," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "She had a great ball striking day and played well."

But the rest of the Mustangs didn't perform as well, posted a team total of 313 for fifth place.

West Texas A&M won the team event with a 10-over 298, followed by Central Oklahoma at 302, Newman (Kan.) at 310 and Texas A&M-Commerce at 312 before MSU in the 17 team field.

Kendra Whittley was the only other Mustang in the 70s as she shot a 78, while Taylor Klutts turned in an 80. Lauren Romines added an 82, with Lindsay Burkhart an 84.

MSU played Brittney Smith as an individual, not counting in the team score, finishing in the Top 20 with a 5-over-77.

"It wasn't our best golf as a team. Several of the girls have been sick and the conditions didn't do them well. We're looking forward to next week in Grand Prairie."

MSU plays in Northwood University's Bluebonnet Classic at the Tangle Ridge Golf Course next Monday and Tuesday.

MEN'S GOLF: Mustangs finish third, two strokes off of the pace at the MSU Invitational

The Midwestern State Mustangs finished two strokes behind the tie at first, while freshman Derek Oland finished second a stroke off the lead in the rained-shortened MSU Invitational Tuesday at the Wichita Falls Country Club.

Oland fired an 1 over-par 72 on the 6,822 yard WFCC course to finish second individually, just behind Santiago Quintero of St. Edward's who shot an even-par 71.

The Mustangs as a team posted a 300, two strokes behind Arkansas Tech and St. Ed's who tallied 298 each. A-Tech got the win using the fifth man's score to break the tie.

MSU tied with Cameron in third, with WT fifth at 304.

The storms and rain chopped the tournament to the lone Tuesday round and caused every shot to be intensified.

"We had a chance to win," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "The guys are battling on every shot in challenging conditions. I'm really proud of Derek Oland who really had a great round on a very difficult day."

Jeremy LeGuen carded a 3-over-74 to rank tie ninth, while Raine Copeland shot a 4-over-75 to tie for 17 th.

Trevor Arianna added an 8-over-79 and Sam Smith stumbled to an 84. Brett Perry played as an individual, scoring a 77, but did not count on the team score.

"Sam is struggling," Ray stated. "But I expect him to be okay because he works so hard."

Midwestern State returns to the course next week at the North Alabama Spring Classic, hosted by UNA at the Fightin' Joe Course of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals.