Golf ends 4-day competition

| Michael Bauer sports editor |

The Pittsburg State golf team spent the weekend competing at the Bethel Spring Invitational on Sunday, March 30, before heading south for the Central Oklahoma Broncho Invitational on Tuesday, April 1.
Pitt State tied for fifth place at Bethel out of the 16 teams competing and placed 11th out of 12 teams competing at UCO.
In Bethel at the Newton’s Sand Creek Golf Club, the Gorillas took a team score of 648 in the 36-hole competition.
Junior Jordan Dunham and junior Brandon Winfrey led the Gorillas with 161 scores each. Both athletes finished in a tie for 20th place among individuals. Dunham and Winfrey also posted rounds of 76 on Saturday, March 29, and 85 on Sunday.
Pitt State finished in a two-way tie with Dakota Wesleyan University and posted a score of 307 in the first round while Dakota Wesleyan finished the day six strokes ahead. In the second round, Pitt State fared better, scoring 341 to Daktota’s 347 to finish for a tie.
Bethany College took the invitational title with a score of 600, scoring 288 on the first day and 312 on the second. Kansas City Community College finished second with a score of 639 and Doane College was third with 644. Ottawa University finished fourth with 645.
Ben Johnson led Bethany College in individuals with a score of 143 while James Tisdale of Bethany posted 149, and four more BC golfers placed in the top 10.
Junior Justice Valdivia was in a four-way tie for 23rd with a score of 162. Sophomore Zach Fate was in a four-way tie for 28th with a score of 164.
Junior Gable LaForge was 56th after hitting 172.
The Gorillas spent Monday, March 31, and all of Tuesday, April 1, competing in Edmond, Okla., at the Gaillardia Country Club.
PSU wrapped up the 54-hole competition with a final team score of 961, posting a round of 317 Tuesday after recording rounds of 328 and 316 Monday.
UCO claimed the meet title with an 891 score, finishing five strokes in front of second-place University of Central Missouri, which posted 896.
Individually, Fate led the Gorillas with a 29th-place tie finish. He shot a round of 77 on Tuesday to post a 237 score. Dunham added a 239 score for PSU, finishing in a tie for 39th place.
Winfrey finished with a score of 243 in a tie for 47th after hitting 78, 83 and 82.
Valdivia finished in a tie for 54th place with a score of 248 with 89, 79 and 80 in all rounds.
LaForge was 62nd with a score of 253. He hit 84, 82 and 87 in all rounds.
The Gorillas finished ahead of Southwest Baptist, which finished with 981 points.
The meet was practically a warmup for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, (MIAA) with 12 conference schools competing.
Northeastern State was third with 903 points while Nebraska-Kearney and Lindenwood finished in a tie for fourth with 929 points each.
Missouri Western State was sixth with 941, just one point ahead of Missouri Southern with 942.
Lincoln University finished eighth while Fort Hays State ended in ninth.
Washburn posted 959, just two strokes ahead of Pitt State.

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