Lions set eyes on second chance


News from Southern Golf

Nick Burnham, Sports Writer

The Missouri Southern golf team finished it’s first MIAA points event last weekend in the eighth spot at Old Kinderhook Country Club.

Coming up next Monday and Tuesday is the second MIAA points event in Bartlesville, Oklahoma at the 16th Annual NSU Men’s Classic tournament.

This will be the second out of four MIAA points events this year and the last for the Fall semester, so the qualifying is tough. This week the team of 15 golfers was cut down to 9, then another qualifier was played to determine who will travel.

Senior Skyler Arbuckle said, “I struggled a little in the first qualifier, so I’ll be looking to bounce back and put a good score up in the next qualifier.”

As the team seeks a higher finish than their last tournament, Arbuckle is optimistic, “I like the outlook on the team, we have a lot of young guys and we all seem to be getting well together. It should be an exciting and improved year for our team.”

Carl Junction native and junior at Southern Ethan Hutchenson finished second on the team in the last tournament. He said, “I’m expecting to have a good week. I’ve been practicing hard trying to get my game ready and I’m feeling good about it. I am ready to go out and put up some good rounds.”

Hutchenson went on to say, “I expect a good finish out of [the team]. We had a rough tournament our last go around but we have put in some good work during our off week and we are ready to go shoot for good scores and try to win us a tournament.”

The Lions will tee it up September 22 for the 16th Annual NSU Men’s classic and with an optimistic outlook on the tournament the team should come out swinging.