Golf overcomes the elements
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In their second competition at the Firestorm Invitational, the men’s and women’s golf teams made great improvements compared to their first tournament, despite the weather being unhelpful.
Even in the downpour and lightning that struck, Tom Knecht said that he was very proud of his athletes. “I thought we played an amazing tournament as a team,” offered Knecht. “It couldn’t have been a more difficult situation, but the players rose to the occasion and played better in the rain than they had all year.”
Overall, the women’s team placed third out of four teams while the men’s team placed fifth out of seven teams. Taking in that the weather was not ideal, the Warriors came through the natural adversity and overcame the challenge, placing higher than their previous tournament.
For the men’s team, Lorne Fishburn had the highest score in this tournament. Fishburn finished the tournament with a score of +3, placing him in 11th place. During the first round, he shot his highest score of 74. However, Fishburn made it through the last two rounds with a 72 and 73, giving him an overall score of 219, showing his relatively consistent scorings.
Tom Ridd followed behind Fishburn, placing 21th place overall with a score of +12 and individual rounds of 79, 74, 75. Right behind Ridd was freshman Matt Kenney, who had a score of +17 and total score of 233, leaving him in 31st place. Tied for 35th place was Matt Shuler and Trevor White at a total score of 240. Both players made great improvements from their first round scores; Shuler starting with an 83 in the first before finishing with a 75 in the last, while White started with two rounds of 81 before dropping to a 78 in the final round.
On the women’s side, Kat Bevill placed the highest at seventh place with a score of +13. Bevill had two rounds of 77 and 85, totalling 162. Following right behind her was Rory Derr, who was in eighth place with a score of +9. Each of her rounds scored 84 and 81, improving from her previous score in the last tournament.
“Kat Bevill played great as usual,” said Knecht. “She had two eagles yesterday. It was a bit of a struggle today, but I was pleased with the way she hung in there and continued to compete. She is such a good team leader and an amazing player.”
Behind Bevill and Derr was Suzie Taylor in 13th with a score of +27 and Mia Jimenez in 16th, who shot +37. Both women made great improvements from their previous tournament as well.
Finally, placing 20th place was Drew Thompson with a score of +49.
The teams will have their next competition on Oct. 14 and 15 at the William Jessup Fall Invitational, taking place at the Whitney Oaks Country Club.