Spurred on by Derek Oland's ninth career individual title, Midwestern State battled through cold, tough conditions to claim its third team tournament championship of the season Tuesday afternoon at the TPC AT&T Oaks Course.
"It was tough again," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "The first 10 or 12 holes, the wind was blowing 10 or 20 mph from the north but as the day went on, it died down and the sun came out."
It was Oland's first tournament win of the season as the senior from McKinney fired a second-round 74 (+2) to finish in a first-place tie with Oklahoma Christian's Sam Johnston with a two-round total of 152 (+8).
"On this golf course today, 74 was a great score," Ray said. "It was a shame we didn't play a tiebreaker. It would be a great chance to beat the No. 8 team in the country."
The Mustangs finished the tournament in a tie with Central Oklahoma at the top of the team leader board with a 635 (+59).
Sophomore Thomas Smith carded a final-round 75 to tie for sixth place with a 36-hole total of 155 (+11) while junior Brandon Banks fired a 77 to close tied for 12th with a 161 (+17).
"Thomas and Brandon played steady golf today and both were able to put up good scores," Ray said.
Sophomore Jared Baker provided the fourth countable score struggling to a second-round 86 (+12) to tie for 37th with a 167 (+23), while junior Ian Gallagher carded an 88 to tie for 63rd with a 174 (+30).
"Had one of those guys had played the way they can, we could have won this thing outright," Ray said. "You have to give all of them credit for staying with it and not getting frustrated."
The win marks the first time in program history the Mustangs have won three of the first four tournament of the season. MSU also claimed top team honors at The Territory Classic and The Classic at the Tribute during the fall semester.
Oland claimed one top individual medalist finish as a freshman in 2011-12 and won two tournaments as a sophomore in 2012-13 before claiming five wins as a junior.
"We've really hard since coming back from winter break," Ray said. "Even when it's been cold outside, we've gone out and played. We've played in some bad weather and I think that prepares you. I was proud of the whole bunch for playing tough in tough conditions. Most people wouldn't even be playing golf. I appreciate their effort when it gets tough."
Midwestern State next competes in the Las Vegas Desert Classic on March 1 and 2 at the Revere Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.
Midwestern State remained in both the D2 Media Poll and USA Today Sports/WBCA Top 25 as released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs dropped three places to 17th in the D2 Media Poll presented by the D2 Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA) after splitting a pair of Lone Star Conference games last week to move to 19-4 on the season.
MSU battled from 19 points back to pull within one point of No. 4-ranked West Texas A&M before taking a 59-55 loss Wednesday night in Canyon, then bounced back to rout Eastern New Mexico 94-46 Saturday at home.
The Mustangs are one of four teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the D2 Media Poll joining No. 4 West Texas A&M and No. 25 Colorado Mesa while Lubbock Christian is receiving mention.
Midwestern fell two spots to No. 22 in the USA Today Sports/WBCA Top 25 and is one of four teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in that poll joining No. 4 West Texas A&M while Colorado Mesa and Colorado-Colorado Springs are receiving votes.
Midwestern State takes on Angelo State Wednesday night at Junell Center. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Midwestern State is receiving votes in the D2 Media Poll released Tuesday afternoon by the Division II Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA).
The Mustangs slipping out of the NABC Division II after splitting games with a loss at West Texas A&M and a home victory over Eastern New Mexico last week to move to 19-6 on the season.
MSU takes on Angelo State Wednesday night at Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
The Mustangs are one of seven teams from a loaded South Central Region to receiving mention in the D2 Media Poll joining No. 7 Tarleton State (Texas), No. 9 Angelo State (Texas), No. 12 Metropolitan State (Colo.), No. 14 Colorado Mines, No. 19 Colorado-Colorado Springs while Texas A&M-Commerce is also receiving votes.
Five teams from the region also earned a national ranking in the NABC Coaches Poll led by Metropolitan State at No. 9 followed by No. 10 Angelo State, No. 11 Tarleton State, No. 14 Colorado Mines and No. 20 Colorado-Colorado Springs.