College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s golf teams traveled to Columbia, Mo. this week to compete in the Cougar Classic—the Bobcats’ and Lady Cats’ third of four tournaments being played in the fall season.
The event was hosted by Columbia College and played over a period of two days at Columbia Country Club. The course was set up as a par 73 for the women and par 71 for the men, with the course length ranging from 6,000-6,700 yards.
Hannah Aherin, who hails from Ozark, Mo., tied for 9th place, scoring 90 on Monday. She returned in great form on Tuesday to drop nine strokes and post a round of 81. Aherin has proven to be an excellent addition to the Lady Bobcats, sharing the lead role in scoring this season with returner Kate Voss. Voss tied for 18th place in Columbia with scores of 93/89 over the two days of play. The women’s team placed 5thof six teams competing, posting a combined score of 740. Host Columbia College garnered a first place victory with a combined score of 667.
Jon Bell, who transferred from John Logan College this season, led the Bobcats for the second consecutive week. Bell opened the tournament with a round of 77 and followed with a par round of 71 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 15thplace. Ricardo Devoto improved Monday’s score of 83 to post a round of 78 on Tuesday and finished in a tie at 38th place. Unfortunately for the men, Caleb Davis, who led the Bobcats through much of their inaugural season, had to withdraw due to injury. William Woods University took home first-place honors with a team score of 576. The Bobcats finished eighth with a score of 658.
Both teams will head to Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club in Ardmore, Oklahoma to play in their final tournament of the fall season on October 9 and 10. The Cats will then return to action with several tournaments in the spring.