Golf teams end fall season, await spring season

Since the last time I reported on the Men’s golf team they finished their fall portion of their golf season. They did so with a ninth place finish tied with MIAA foe Missouri Western. This was an MIAA points event for the Men as they were competing in Jefferson City, Missouri, for the Lincoln Invitational, hosted by Lincoln University, on Oct. 15, 16. So the Lions and Griffons finished tied for fifth in MIAA teams. 

This finish would put the Lions in seventh in the MIAA standings as a team. Just one point behind Missouri Western for sixth place. Tristan Haltom leads the Lions individually and is ranked 14th among all MIAA golfers. He is just half a point behind Lindenwood’s Jordan Bennett, and Grant Hynes of Northeastern State, who are current tied for 12th. 

The Lions’ top scorer was Jeremy Dunham. Dunham finished tied for 23rd with a 151. Dunham shot a 73, and a 78 respectively in the two rounds of play. The next best scorer for the Lions was Logan Greer with a 152. Just one stroke behind Dunham, Greer would place tied for 32nd. Just one stroke behind him was Tristan Haltom. Haltom finished tied for 42nd after shooting a round one score of 72, he would falter on the second day and shoot nine strokes worse for an 81. His younger brother, Taylor Haltom, would finish tied for 58th with a 157. Adam Vining, and Tripper Jensen would finish with a 159 and a 160 respectively. 

The men posted four top 10 performances in their 5 fall events. They finished in ninth twice, and seventh once, their other top 10 finish was 10th place. 

Women’s Golf

As for the women’s golf team, they competed in two events since you heard from me last. On Oct. 16th and 17th the Lions were in Muskogee, Oklahoma for their regional preview. This was the second NSU hosted event that the Lions took part in. On Oct. 22nd and 23rd the Lions traveled to Kansas City to play in the Park University Fall Classic hosted by Park University. 

In the regional preview the Lions would finish 18th out of 18 teams. The Lions were led by Kylie Carnes. Carnes finished tied for 42nd. 

At the Park University Fall Classic the Lions would write a new story. In three fall matches, the Lions had finished 16/18, 16/17, and 18/18, but that would change on their trip to Kansas City. Out of 10 teams the Lions were sitting in second place after day one, and round one. The Lions shot a 363 as a team, and Margaret Moore was actually leading all golfers after round one. Moore shot an 81 to lead the Lions, and the entire field. 

Round 2 saw Carnes make a huge jump from her worst collegiate round of 90 in the first round, to her best collegiate round of 79 in the second round. Carnes would finish tied for sixth place overall. Unfortunately she was tied for sixth with her teammate, Moore. Moore fell seven strokes in the second round to shoot an 88 and fall five spots in the standings. The Lions also fell one spot as a unit and finished tied for third with Missouri Baptist at 723.