Midwestern State freshman Santiago Gomez fired a 1-under-par 71 on Tuesday to not only win the individual title, but lead the Mustangs to the team championship of their own MSU Invitational at The Champions Course at Weeks Park.
Santiago led the Mustangs charge with his even-par 216 total, one stroke better than Incarnate Word's Chris Martinez at 1-over 217 and two in front of Cameron's Austin Weaver and Trey Lawson who tallied 2-over 218.
His play helped MSU to the low round of the tournament with a 3-under team score of 285 for an 887. MSU was four strokes better than Cameron at 891 and 14 in front of Incarnate Word at 901 in the 15-team event.
"Santiago played so well this week," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "He rolled in a lot of putts. He's really strong in every aspect of his game and he really got it rolling."
The Mustangs also got an outstanding tournament from senior Antonio Herran, who fired a 2-under 70 in the final round to tie for seventh at 7-over 223.
MSU got two more top 20 finishes from sophomore Derek Oland and junior Jeremy LeGuen. Oland posted a 2-over 74 for a 228 for 13th, as LeGuen shot a 2-under 70 to bounce back with a 16th place at 229. Freshman Ian Gallagher added an 81 for a 233 total.
"Folks don't realize there is momentum in golf," Ray added. "You can feel it when one guy starts playing well and another one makes a birdie. They were just kinda feeding off each other."
MSU also had four playing as individuals. Spencer Riley finished with a 231 to tie for 24th, while Colton Kowalick tallied a 236. Raine Copeland fired a final round 76 for a 240 total, while Cody Rozales chalked up a 241.
The Mustangs take a couple of weeks off from competition and will play again April 8-9 in Irving at the Dallas Baptist Classic.
The Midwestern State Mustangs showed why they are one of the top teams in the West region as they claimed the title of their own MSU Invitational at the Wichita Falls Country Club on Tuesday.
Midwestern, ranked eighth by the Golf World/WGCA Division II Coaches Poll, posted the two best team rounds of the tournament following Monday's 314 with a 309 for a 623 total that bested the field by nine strokes. Central Oklahoma, ranked 12th in the coaches poll, was second at 632, with Oklahoma Christian third at 635. Four teams in the 18 team field were nationally ranked and three other received votes in the latest coaches poll.
MSU was paced by the play of senior Taylor Klutts who finished third at 4-over-par 148 after firing a 3-over 75 on the par 72, 5,875 yard WFCC course on Tuesday.
The Mustangs also got top 10 performances by senior Kendra Whittley who tied for sixth at 156 after a 6-over 78 in the final round, and sophomore Brenna Moore who tied for eighth at 157 following her 5-over 77.
"Taylor has so much control in her game right now," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "She made so many putts, her confidence level is tremendous. Kendra plays so solid and Brenna bounced back from yesterday. I'm really proud of all the girls."
The Mustangs also got a 162 from senior Lindsay Burkhart who tallied a 79 in the final round and a 164 from senior Lauren Romines who added an 80.
Freshman Kynze Mann, playing as an individual, shot an 81 to finish at 167.
The individual champion required a playoff.
Oklahoma Christian's Anna Arrese Cortadel beat Colorado State-Pueblo's Hee-Leina Kim with a par on the second playoff hole after both finished regulation with identical 2-over par 146 scores, 72-74. Both had parred the first extra hole.
Midwestern is back in action on April 1-2 in Arlington at the Dallas Baptist Invitational.