Midwestern State University Golf Ride Hot Shooting To Win

Midwestern State University Golf Ride Hot Shooting To Win

Midwestern State used an exceptional final round to claim its second team win of the season at The Classic at The Tribute hosted by Texas A&M-Commerce.

"This was great team golf today," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "The conditions were great and we took advantage of it. As a team, we had 23 birdies and two eagles."

Altogether, the Mustangs logged five par-or-better scores to blitz the Par-72, 6,927 course at The Tribute Golf Club with a final round nine-under 279 to finish with a two-round total of 569 (-7) to finish a stroke better than Texas Wesleyan (570/-6).

Sophomore Thomas Smith led the way with a 4-under 68 for his second consecutive Top 10 finish with a two-round total of 141 (-3). The native of Stoke-on-Trent, England has posted par-or-better scores in each of his last four rounds.

Senior Derek Oland fought off a sluggish Front Nine struggling to a 4-over showing, but caught fire over the final nine holes burying four straight birdies and finishing off a 3-under 69 round with an eagle on No. 18.

"Derek battled back for us and obviously we needed everything he gave us," Ray said.

Oland logged his third consecutive Top 10 individual finish closing two strokes behind top medalist Jose Rolz of Texas Wesleyan. Rolz fired rounds of 69 and 68 to claim the tournament win with a 7-under 137.

Sophomore Jared Baker delivered two solid rounds of 73 and 71 to take 11th with an even-par 144, while sophomore Luke Thomas tied for 17th recording a 74 and 72 for a total of 146 (+2).

Junior Ian Gallagher improved on an opening round 76 to fire a 1-under 71 to finish tied for 21st with a total of 147 (+3).

Midwestern State also claimed top team honors at The Territory Classic hosted by Cameron on Oct. 13-14, while finishing 14th in the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate and seventh last week at the MSU Invitational.

"This is a great way to finish the semester," Ray said. "Our throw out round was even par. Just a great effort by the guys and a very good win."

 Midwestern State moved back into the Continental Tire Division II Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America.

The Mustangs suffered their fourth home loss since the start of the 2008 season by taking a 2-1 setback to Eastern New Mexico Monday night at the MSU Soccer Field. The loss snapped a 12-match unbeaten streak dating back to last season.

The result also denied the Mustangs their ninth unbeaten home slate in program history as MSU closes with a 6-1-1 mark on its home pitch.

Midwestern is one of four teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 11 Colorado Mesa and No. 13 St. Edward's (Texas) while Metropolitan State (Colo.) is receiving votes.

Charleston (W. Va.) took over the No. 1 position, while Seattle Pacific (Wash.), Young Harris (Ga.), Lynn (Fla.) and Southern New Hampshire round out the first five.

Midwestern State loses the regular season with a pair of road matches this week. The Mustangs take on West Texas A&M Thursday night in Canyon before battling Eastern New Mexico Saturday in Portales.