Golf team places 9th at Missouri Invitational
Steven Gomez Jr. | reporter
The Pittsburg State University men’s golf team kicked off the season at the Missouri Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The meet was held at Port Cima Resort in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.
Out of 15 teams, the Gorillas shot a combined 957 and finished 93 above par. The team grabbed ninth place with junior Brandon Winfrey leading the way, shooting 231 and tying for 15th place in the individual standings.
Todd Loveland, head coach, says he is pleased with Winfrey’s performance.
“Brandon had a phenomenal first round,” Loveland said.
Winfrey says everything just came together for him.
“I finished the round off with a 71, everything was clicking,” Winfrey said.
The remaining individual finishes among the Gorillas were: junior Jordan Dunham shot 240 and tied for 38th, sophomore Zachary Fate shot a 244 and tied for 47th, junior Gable LaForge shot 245 and finished 49th, and junior Justice Valdivia shot 254 and tied for 68th.
“The talent is there, we’re just not tying it together,” Loveland said.
The Gorillas ended the first round tied for second place in the team standings. However, struggles soon set in as the team started to drop in the standings.
Loveland says he didn’t believe the team played to its potential during the invitational and hopes to see more consistency in each round as the season progresses.
He added that the inconsistencies shown by the Gorillas may not have been that unusual for it being the start of a new season and with some members joining the team as transfers. However, as the season moves forward, the Gorillas will get more experience playing together as a team, the coach said.
“The talent of this team far exceeds where we were at this point last season,” he said.
The competition was also new to the Gorillas. As the only Kansas team invited, PSU competed against many teams from outside of their usual league. The meet hosted 15 teams and 78 individual golfers all with unseen skills, leaving the Gorillas with no past experiences to prepare them for the meet.
William Woods University finished first as a team shooting 878 and finishing 14 above par. University of Central Missouri’s ending result was second place, shooting 889 and 25 above par. Drury University followed with third place, finishing with a 924 and 60 above par. Julian Taylor of William Woods University finished top overall individual. Second place was won by University of Missouri’s Cy Moritz. Matt Wells of William Woods finished third.