Bobcat and Lady Cat golf took to the road this week to participate in the Central Baptist Invitational in Conway, Ark.
The tournament was held at the Country Club of Arkansas in Maumelle. The course features rolling terrain with water on 11 holes. undulating greens, and many tree-lined fairways. The men’s championship tees played just under 6,500 yards, and the tee boxes for the women’s event measured just under 6,000 yards. Day one was chilly and windy; day two dawned sunny and warm.
"The course played tough this week,” stated Head Coach Chris Larsen. There has been a great deal of rain in the area, so it was muddy, and the grass was generally in rough shape. The wet conditions made the course play long and tough, especially for the women. The greens were also difficult to putt due to a lot of undulation."
The men’s team finished the two-day event tenth of 13 teams, featuring 78 golfers. Jon Bell, who got off to a rough start on Monday with an 85, came back on Tuesday to post a 78 and finish overall in a tie for 35th place. Heath Carmichael, re-joining the team following the NAIA DII Men’s Basketball National Championship appearance, shot 79/86, which was a good start after only a week of practice. Marcos Devoto rounded out the top three for the Cats by shooting 85/83. Full results may be found here.
The Lady Cats finished fifth of seven teams that included 45 golfers. Hannah Aherin led the women’s team, finishing in 24th place. She opened the tournament with a 98 and followed up on Tuesday with a 91. Kate Voss scored 95/97, and Ashley Stanphill rounded out the top three Lady Cats with a 94/115. Full results may be found here.
Both teams will be back in action April 1st and 2nd to compete in the Lyon College Invitational at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Club in Melbourne, Arkansas.