NSU golf teams thrive
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NSU golf teams thrive

Published 2/23/17

Matt Reynolds

TNE Writer

NSU men’s golf places fourth at Saint Mary’s Invitational

The Men’s golf program at NSU has featured consistency over the years under head coach Scott Varner. This season has been no different with the RiverHawks fairing very well early in spring competition.

Recently, NSU capped off a successful weekend with a top five finish at Saint Mary’s Invitational in San Antonio.  In a field littered with stout teams from top to bottom, NSU managed a fourth place finished.

Northeastern State shot 18-over as a team, with senior Tate Williamson (71-75) and freshman Ty Shelnutt (73-73) finishing tied for 11th on the individual scoreboard with matching scores of 146. Freshman Navid  Majidizadeh was NSU's third best score with a 155 (79-75) and tied for 48th, while sophomore Garrett McDaniel (73-84) and senior Marc Johnson 75-82) were both tied for 53rd place.

"Not what we wanted, but we did beat a bunch of highly ranked teams and picked up some significant wins over some central region teams," said Varner. "Ty Shelnutt is a stud for a freshman. He is getting better and better and plays with great courage and confidence. He had a solid tourney, as did our senior captain and leader, Tate Williamson.”

The top five finish was certainly a step in the right direction for the NSU men’s golf program, but Varner and the team were not satisfied with the results.

"We had a great chance to win this thing, and we simply didn't take care of business,” said Varner. "Tate, Marc and Garrett got off to terrible starts, which puts you in a bind mentally.  We were playing catch-up, pressing and laying from behind. Winning tournaments simply requires playing solid golf, not great, just solid - executing simple shots, managing your game, disciplining your emotions and showing the courage to do it when your team is absolutely counting on you."

The top five finish for NSU is their first one of the season. The RiverHawks picked up wins over central region teams at Saint Mary’s Invitational. NSU hopes to continue their momentum at the Dave Falconer Classic March 13 -14 in Danville, Ark.

NSU Women’s Golf wins the Lady Rattler Invite

The RiverHawk women’s golf team has posted several impressive showings throughout the 2016-2017 season. In the women’s first outing this spring, NSU tied for first in San Antonio at the Lady Rattler Invite.

Rain shortened the event, leaving the RiverHawks with the first place trophy after a dominating open round on the course. The trio of sophomore Ebba Mobert, sophomore Halie Wright and freshman Ana Contreras led the way for the RiverHawks with scores of 74.

“We are excited with what the men’s and women’s golf program under Coach Varner are doing,” said Tony Duckworth, NSU athletic director.

Don Vieth, NSU assistant athletic director, also spoke highly of Varner.

"Coach Varner works diligently with the student-athletes in the RiverHawks' golf program to make them successful on the golf course and in post-athletics life,” said Vieth. “There is no question that NSU golf has two championship caliber programs and he has had a proven track record of that.  Northeastern State fans can know that Coach Varner will have them in contention for MIAA conference titles this spring." 

The RiverHawks will next be on the course in Edmond at the Diffee Ford Lincoln Invitational March 6-7. 

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