The fall seasons of the William Jewell College men’s and women’s golf teams are well underway as they both competed in tournaments last week. The men competed Sept. 29 and 30 in the Division II Midwest Fall Regional held at Harborside International Golf Center in Chicago, Ill. The women traveled to Waterloo, Ill. to play at Annbriar Golf Course in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Preview on Sept. 28 and 29.
The men faced some of the best Division II golf teams in the Midwest and finished 29 out of 34 teams. The team’s two-day total for the tournament was 646 strokes. Malone University from Canton, Ohio won the tournament with a two day score of 590. Nick Sobba, first-year, led the Cardinals with a score of 156, which tied him for 80th overall.
Connor O’Neill, senior, was not satisfied with the team’s performance.
“The only thing the team can take away from this tournament is that we need to do better, work harder, and perform stronger at the Fox Run Regional next week,” O’Neill said.
The women finished fourth in their tournament out of 7 teams, all from the GLVC. They finished day one in first place with a team score of 310. The team was unable to maintain first place on day two, shooting a 331. The Cardinals finished the tournament with a score of 641. Southern Indiana University won the tournament with a score of 625. Alex Trask, first-year, and Marissa Juliana, junior, finished in the top five overall. Trask shot a two-day total of 155, and Juliana shot a two-day total of 156.
After the successful tournament, Trask is excited for the opportunities ahead for the team. “We all go into every tournament hoping to play two good days of golf. Our team is really good this year, and if we have good scores both days we have a chance to be in contention a lot of the time,” Trask said.
She is also looking forward to creating a good team chemistry by having close relationships on and off the course.
“I do look forward to spending more time with the team. We have a great group of girls involved this year, and all the upperclassmen have welcomed all of the new girls on the team,” Trask said. “I think our team will end up being really close as well as successful this year.”
The Cardinal women will be back in action Oct. 13 and 14 in the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcat Classic in Maryville, Mo. The Cardinal men travel to St. Louis, Mo. to compete in the University of Missouri – St. Louis Fall Midwest Regional Oct. 12 – 14.