Men’s golf plans to build on San Antonio tournament
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Men’s golf plans to build on San Antonio tournament

Dustin Teenor

TNE Writer

Men’s golf went to San Antonio for the first rounds of the spring season. The team did not finish toward the top of the leaderboard, but they are optimistic this tournament is something to build on in the future.

“We played well,” said Bryce Newton, Healdton senior. “We had three golfers in the top 25 out of our five, so we were really close to putting together a great team score.”

The first round of the tournament Newton shot the best round for the team, putting a 74 on his scorecard. The RiverHawks shot a 309 as a team, placing seventh for the first round of play.

“The course condition in San Antonio was windy with a little rain,” said Navid Majidizasdeh, Tulsa sophomore. “The ground was also pretty wet in some areas. The first round was a little windier than the second round, but all in all however, the conditions were not too tough. I was just not in the right mindset and made a couple big numbers.”

Majidizasdeh struggled in his first round of play, shooting the second highest round of the day for the RiverHawks with a +8 on his scorecard.

“One week prior to leaving for the tournament I got sick,” said Majidizasdeh. “I did not practice much during the week and when we left for the tournament my game was a little off. I was thinking too much, rather than going out there with confidence that I was going to play well. I started off the tournament with a 9 on the first hole. I was 10 over after seven holes but managed to bring it back to five over with two eagles and a birdie my next 10 holes. Then I followed that up with a triple bogey on my last hole to shoot 80. Despite shooting that high of a score my first round, I had some positives to feed off of such as my two eagles and birdie. My second round was just a mediocre 77.”

Casey Paul, Owasso sophomore; Hunter Pennington, Tahlequah junior; and Newton all tied for 24th in the tournament, shooting combined rounds of 151. 

“My game was really close to being great,” said Newton. “I think I could speak for most of the guys. We hit the ball like a team competing to win, but we just have to be stronger on the greens and capitalize when we get opportunities. I like where we are sitting. We just need to be able to count a better fourth score each round and we would be right up there competing to win a tournament. I know we have some guys with the ability to get it done, and I know they will come around.”

The RiverHawks played better in the second round, scoring a 301 as team, but seemed to drop down the leader board to eighth. The RiverHawks finished the St. Mary’s Rattler Invitational shooting a team score of 601, just 11 strokes higher then Henderson State, who won the tournament scoring a 590 as a team.

“The expectations of the team are always high,” said Tyler Shelnutt, Broken Arrow sophomore. “We all want to perform at our best level.”

The men’s team will be taking a month break between tournaments. The men’s team will be playing their next rounds of golf on Mar. 19 – March 20 at the Broncho Invitation in Oklahoma City at Oak Tree Golf Course.

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