| Michael Bauer, Sports Editor |
The Pittsburg State golf team wrapped up its 2014 season at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships in Lawrence, Kan. with a 12th place finish. The tournament took place at the Alvamar Country Club from Monday, April 20, through Wednesday, April 23, and was played over the course of three rounds.
Battling against Southwest Baptist to avoid last place, the Gorillas were in 11th place at the end of the first and second rounds before falling into third in the third round to the Bearcats by six strokes.
The Gorillas ended with a score of 955.
Leading the way was junior Justice Valdivia who shot a 75 in the first round, a 78 in the second and a 76 on the final day to finish with a score of 229 and a top 30 placing among individuals in a tie for 27th with Lincoln University’s Steven Mallow.
Valdivia had two eagles in the first and second rounds and finished the third with one.
Junior Brandon Winfrey was the second leading scorer for Pitt State, shooting 238 after scoring a 76 in the first two rounds before falling to an 86 in the final round. Winfrey had three birdies and an eagle in the second round and two birdies in the first.
Junior Gable LaForge was not too far behind Winfrey, scoring 241. He shot an 85 in the first round before improving to a 77 and 79 in the second and third rounds, respectively and had three birdies in the final round. LaForge finished in a tie for 49th with Nick Von Lintel of Fort Hays State.
Sophomore Zach Fate hit an 80 in the first round before going 83 and 84 the next two days to end with 247 and a tie for 55th. He birdied in the first and second rounds only once.
Junior Jordan Dunham went 86 in the first and second rounds and closed the third with 88 to finish with 260.
As a team, Pittsburg State compiled nine points in four conference events.
The nationally ranked Central Missouri Mules won the MIAA Championship for the sixth consecutive year, finishing with a score 867. Cy Moritz led the Mules with a score of 212 after shooting four under par to claim the individual title. Travis Mays was second as an individual with 217.
Central Missouri had five golfers finish in the All-MIAA Team.
Northeastern State finished second with 883 while Central Oklahoma took third. Lincoln, Lindenwood and Washburn followed, respectively. Missouri Western State took seventh, finishing in front of Nebraska-Kearney and Missouri Southern State. Fort Hays took 10th to place ahead of the Bearcats and Gorillas.