Men’s golf team takes a swing at new season
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Men’s golf team takes a swing at new season

Published 9/11/17

Dustin Teenor

TNE Writer

After finishing low in the regional tournament last season, the NSU men’s golf team is getting ready to tee off a new season, hoping to have low scores and not low rankings.

“Last year’s regional, we just did not start off very well in the first 18,” said Ty Shelnutt, Broken Arrow sophomore. “We were 11 or 12 over after the first 18, and in the next 36 holes we played them 11 or 12 under to shoot even for the tournament. So this year, all we have to do is start off the tournament with a good 18 holes.”

This year’s team is returning three of the five golfers that competed in regionals for NSU last season: Navid Majidizadeh, Tulsa sophomore; Griffen Matthais, Ankeny, Iowa junior; and Shelnutt. Finishing 18th in regionals last season, the team has a lot to improve on, but the youth showed a lot of potential, scoring the lowest rounds to end the 2017 season. Majidizadeh scored a 213 (75-66-72), making him 3 under par for the tournament. Shelnutt scored 1 under par with 215 (71-73-71). Also, Matthais whose only other tournament appearance was in the Lindenwood Invitational, carded an impressive 69 in the final round of the regional tournament after hurting his wrist in the first round.

“I expect a lot of myself on the golf course, but this year is a little bit different,” said Matthais. “Back in May during the first round of regionals, I messed up my wrist pretty bad, and I have three areas with bone contusion down my left thumb and into my wrist along with a small fracture in my scaphoid. So my expectations for myself is to get healthy again and get back on the course in the top five and go win some events and better myself as a player.”

Scott Varner, NSU men’s golf head coach, announced last May he added two new recruits to the roster: Aubrey Farrell, Sydney Forks, Nova Scotia, Canada freshman and Grant Hynes, Fayetteville freshman. Farrell was the 2016 Nova Scotia Golf Association Junior Boy's Player of the Year. He had five top finishes on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, and he sank a hole-in-one at the Canadian Junior Boys' Golf Championship, where he finished tied for 28th. Also, in 2015 Farrell placed third in the boy's division and sixth place overall at the NSGA Junior Championship at the Bell Bay Golf Club.

Hynes competed at Fayetteville High School, where his team won four straight 7A Arkansas boy's golf titles. Following the 2016 season, Hynes earned First Team All-Conference and all-state recognition. He was also a First Team All-Conference selection during his junior year.  In the summer circuit, Hynes placed tied for 7th at the Shadow Valley Junior Championship and in September 2016, he was runner-up at the Muskogee Fall Classic.

“The incoming freshman are a good group of guys,” said Majidizadeh. “It's been a little rough for them this qualifier, but they have potential. All in all, I am very hopeful about the future, and I am ecstatic to see what is to come.”

The NSU men will be competing Sept. 11-12 in Warrensburg, Mo. at the Central Missouri Invitational.

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