Golf team ends fall with strong outings

The past two weeks have consisted of major competitions for the Trinity University golf team, with the women traveling to Destin, Fla., for the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational Tournament and both men’s and women’s teams participating in the Trinity-hosted Alamo City Classic at River Crossing Golf Club.

“The trip was a blast, obviously, since we were in Destin. We made a lot of memories and it was really nice to bond with the team since we were in our own Florida world away from Trinity. The other tournaments were not as long and this one allowed us to play with teams from across the country who are some of the top national teams,” said first year Hanna Niner.

After the first round, sophomore Brigette Lee recorded a 76 and was in a tie for seventh place. First-years Christine Campbell and Niner each shot a 77 and tied for 11th place. Junior Alessa Hutter, in a tie for 24th place, came in at 79, and sophomore Madeline Moran, who tied for 54th, posted a score of 84.

The 13th-ranked Trinity women’s golf team shot a 3rd and final-round 321 to take a sixth place finish in the tournament on Oct. 15 with a total score of 943, just five strokes behind defending NCAA champion Mary Hardin-Baylor (938), who came in fifth place.

During the first match of the Alamo City Classic, the women’s golf team shot a 325, which put them in fourth place, while the men’s team stood in eighth place after shooting an opening-round 313.

On the women’s side, Campbell posted a 5-over score of 77 and was in a tie for fourth place. Hutter, playing as an individual, recorded a 79 and was tied for the No. 10 slot.

In the men’s competition, first-year Will Street, who tied for 25th, shot a 76 and junior David Cunningham, in a tie for 29th place, posted 77. Senior Tyler Lehmann came in at 78 and was in a tie with senior Erik Long-Goheen, playing as an individual, for 35th place. First-year Trevor Warner recorded an 82 and was in 44th place.

The women wrapped up the tournament by shooting a final-round 327 to finish in fourth place. Hutter recarded a 79 (158 total) to finish in a tie for ninth place. Campbell came in Tuesday at 84 (161) and stood alone in 13th place. McCarthy improved her first-round score by five strokes and posted a 79, for a 163 total, and a tie for 18th. Lee shot 84 (164) and tied for the No. 21 slot, while Moran recorded an 82 (166) and ended in a tie for 24th place.

Niner bettered her score by four strokes, with a second-round 82 (168) and completed the tournament in 28th place. Individual first-year Julia Elmore finished in a tie for 36th place with a 180 total. Yanina Soudaly, also playing as an individual, made a dramatic improvement of 20 strokes for a final-round score of 82 (184), placing at No. 38.

The Trinity Tiger men’s golf team improved its cumulative score by 10 strokes with a final-round 303 on Tuesday, earning a seventh-place finish at the Alamo City Classic.

“Our experience in the Alamo City Classic was bittersweet. We did not finish where we wanted to at all seeing as we had a great win a few weeks ago at UT-Tyler and we all were really looking forward to showing our skills over the past few days. Golf tournaments are always fun and exciting; it’s just always better to come out on top at the conclusion of the event,” said sophomore Alex Hartzell.

First-year Travis Hindle, playing as an individual, posted 1-over 73 in the final round, for a 144 total and a No. 4 finish. Hindle was just four strokes behind the individual winner, Texas Lutheran’s Chance Cathey, who had a two-round total of 140, after shooting 6-under 66.

Austin Jung, also an individual entrant, shot an 80 (150) and tied for 11th place. Cunningham finished with a 75, and individual player Hartzell shot 78. Both Trinity athletes ended up with scores of 152 in a tie for 15th place.

Lehmann and individual golfer Long-Goheen each shot 77, as the two Tigers completed the event at 155 in a tie for 26th place. Warner bettered his first-round score by eight strokes (74) for a two-round 156, and tied for the No. 34 position. Street tied for 43rd after shooting 84 (160).

“We hope to continue to improve and have a great spring season. The team is young and very excited about the spring season,” said director of golf and head golf coach Carla Spenkoch.

The Tigers finished ahead of Texas-Brownsville (665), Concordia (680), Hardin-Simmons (682) and Texas Lutheran (724). This was the final tournament for the Trinity golf teams until the spring season.