Despite brutal cold, Tigers place at Alamo City Classic

Both men’s and women’s golf teams concluded their fall season earlier this week at the Alamo City Classic hosted at the Quarry Golf Club.

Originally scheduled for this past Monday and Tuesday, the tournament was postponed Monday to assess course conditions and allow the rainy weather to pass and was eventually shortened to only 18 holes on Tuesday due to inclement weather.

The men’s team placed fourth while the women’s team placed third.

Senior Jacob Hudson started his round off strongly with a birdie on the par 3 eighth hole. Playing as an individual, Hudson struggled later on in his round as the weather never gave up. Hudson turned in an eight-over 79 on Tuesday. According to Hudson, the tournament felt like it ended quickly, especially after the first round was canceled.

Junior Peyton Bartee, whose scorecard included a birdie on the challenging uphill par four ninth hole, also noted how brutal the weather was.

“In those weather conditions it was a grind for all of us,” Bartee said.

Sophomore Dawson Dally turned in a double-bogey free scorecard at four over par. His score of 75 earned him a tie for third place among five other competitors, including teammate Tucker Norris. The top four individual scores of the men’s team contributed to the 27-over par team score of 311 to put them in fourth place, only five strokes behind tournament champions University of Houston-Victoria.

Led by senior and Co-captain Emilee Strausburg, the women’s team finished with a team score of 346, only 10 strokes behind first place team Concordia University. Strausburg finished second in the tournament after carding an 81, which included 10 pars and one birdie. Her performance earned her SCAC Player of the Week for the second time this season and the sixth time during her college career.

In regards to the harsh conditions, Strausburg said, “I am so proud of everyone powering through the cold and rain.”

Sophomore Delaney Kelley, who turned in a 94, mentioned the challenges the weather posed throughout the season.

“We had to play during or after lots of rain during the fall, changing the conditions of the game for everyone,” Kelley said.

“The Alamo City Classic had the most demanding conditions of the three … but we still ended up with a good finish”, Kelley said.

Both men’s and women’s teams comprise relatively young golfers, with two first-years and three sophomores on the men’s team and three first-years rounding out the women’s team.

“We have a young team, and it takes some time to get adjusted to being a student-athlete,” Bartee said.

Strausburg, co-captain of the women’s team, is looking forward to when the first-years on the team take charge.

“They all have the talent to do great things,” Strausburg said.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will start up their spring 2019 season at the Schreiner Spring Shootout at Comanche Trace Golf Club in Kerrville on March 11–12.

Both teams have their sights on a successful spring season.

“Our biggest goal is to come back and regain the conference championship title,” Kelly said.

Bartee agreed with this statement.

“With hard work in this offseason I know that we can accomplish anything,” Bartee said.