ABOVE: Roger Klenke,
By Drake Vittitow
Both Moundbuilder golf teams competed at home on Monday and Tuesday at the Moundbuilder Spring Classic in Winfield at the Quail Ridge Golf Course. The women’s team placed second out of four teams and the men placed third out of eight teams.
Abby Bertholf, biochemistry junior, and Meagan Brady, business administration junior, were the scoring leaders for the women. Bertholf scored a team-low 164 and shot 20-over-par, which placed her third out of 20 golfers, and Brady scored a personal-low 166 and shot 22-over-par, which placed her fourth.
“Playing at home was a breath of fresh air,” Bertholf said. “Knowing the course so well helped me in the long run.”
Daren Reed, biology junior, scored a team-low 150 and shot 6-over-par and placed fifth out of forty-seven golfers.
“Once I got into my spots, it was easy to finish my shots,” Reed said. “My short game really propelled my game and helped my final score improve.”
Brady credits her performance to her familiarity with the golf course. “It is a tremendous advantage when we get to play at home,” Brady said. “Since we practice here almost every day, it gives us a completely different feel that no other team will have when they compete here.”
Next week, the men will compete in the Wildcat Cup in Indianapolis, Ind. The women will compete in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Oklahoma City, Okla. Both tournaments will begin on April 8th and end April 9th.
“The Wildcat Cup is a huge event that will feature a lot of talent,” Tim Jasper, head golf coach, said. “It will be the perfect warm-up for us leading into the conference tournament.
The site of the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic is also where the national tournament is held for the women.
“This last tournament for both teams will be important,” Jasper said. “We need to be going into the conference tournament with the swagger and confidence that they displayed these past two days. If we do that, then we will put ourselves in a great position to do well.”
Moundbuilder Spring Classic
Men’s Team: 320-298 – 618
Daren Reed – 75-75 – 150
Cooper Spears – 80-72 – 152
Bill Chongsirilak – 83-73 – 156
Chase Carr – 83-78 – 161
Khord Vining – 82-79 – 161
Will Harbeson – 86-78 – 164
Roger Klenke – 80-85 – 165
Jefferson Cook – 90-79 – 169
Women’s Team: 344-356 – 700
Abby Bertholf – 80-84 – 164
Meagan Brady – 81-85 – 166
Lauren Sieh – 94-89 – 183
Reid Green – 89-98 – 187 D