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…

Golf finishes 12th

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State University men’s golf team competed at the Dave Falconer Memorial on Tuesday, March 11, at the Chamberlyne Country Club in Russellville, Ark. The Gorillas finished 12th out of 17 teams. Pitt State posted a round of 315 to finish the 36-hole competition with a 624 team score. The meet lasted from Monday, March 10, and concluded the following day. Junior Jordan Dunham was the leading scorer for the Gorilla golfers, finishing with an individual score of 156 after hitting 78 in both rounds. Dunham placed 50th among individual scores. Sophomore Zach Fate also ended with 156 after finishing the first round with 75 and then hitting…

PSU Golf competes at UCM

Michael Bauer | Sports editor Competing at the University of Central Missouri Heart of America Invitational, the Pittsburg State golf team finished No. 19 out of the 20 teams competing in Warrensburg, Mo. The meet was held from Monday, Oct. 7, to Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Gorillas finished with a score of 931 with rounds of 310, 309 and 312 over a tournament of 54 holes. The Gorillas were led by Gable LaForge who placed No. 39 as an individual. LaForge posted a score of 226 after rounds of 75, 76 and 75. Jordan Dunham finished No. 76 overall with rounds of 77, 78 and 79 to finish with a score of 234. Zach Fate…

Second golf meet shows improvements

Michael Bauer | sports editor The second competition for the Pittsburg State men’s golf team revealed that a foundation for a promising season is within reach. The team competed at the University of Nebraska-Kearney Fall Invitational on Monday, Sept. 9, and Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Awarii Dunes Golf Course in Kearney, Neb. As a unit the Gorillas shot a combined score of 933, finishing 11th out of 13 teams. Sophomore Zachary Fate achieved the top individual score for the team, shooting 229 and tying for 38th place. Todd Loveland, head coach, says going from a ninth-place team finish at the Missouri Invitational to an 11th-place finish in Kearney is misleading. “Comparing the two tourneys, though…

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…

Golf team rallies in round two

Brett Dowel, junior, and his coach contimplate the best angle for his last shot, Monday, Sept. 10th.

Garett McCollough | Sports Editor Three weeks ago Pitt State golf coach Todd Loveland said he hadn’t figured out why the golf team tends to struggle on day two. But it seems that he may have found the recipe for second day success, as the Gorillas moved from ninth place to seventh on the second day of the Lindenwood Invitation on Oct. 1-2. “Coach Loveland set a goal for us to reach as a team and we met that goal,” Brett Dowell said. “He gave us some extra motivation before the round. We also played smart on the course, so we can eliminate the high numbers.” This was a different approach for the PSU golf…

Gorilla golfers headed in right direction

Brett Dowel, junior, strikes the ball on the eight hole on Monday, Sept. 10th at the Crestwood Country Club.

Garett McCoullough | Sports Editor The ninth-place tie at the Northeastern State Invitational may not be exactly where the PSU golf team wants to be, but for senior Fletcher Harder and the Gorillas, it is far ahead of where they were the last few seasons. Harder says he wasn’t necessarily pleased or displeased with the overall performance in the two-day tournament Sept. 24-25, but he does think that the team is taking the right steps as the mid-year break approaches. “I think we are closer to where we want to be as a team,” Harder said. That probably has something to do with the coaching change. PSU hired Todd Loveland to lead the golf team…

Gorillas’ chances sunk on day two

Brett Dowel, junior, lines up his last shot before he sinks the ball on the eigth hole, Monday, September 10.

Garett McCullough | Sports Editor Winning the Pittsburg State Invitational may have been a slightly unattainable goal for the PSU golf team, especially while they are rebuilding. However, in this highly competitive sports world, mediocrity isn’t acceptable. Unfortunately, a poor second day dropped the Gorillas to ninth place out of 12 teams. Sophomore Justice Valdivia led the team with a first round 71, and the Gorillas were sitting in fourth place, seven strokes behind after one day. Valdivia’s round one score had the Gorillas in contention, and put him tied for first individually with Missouri Southern’s Andrew Maier. Head coach Todd Loveland says this has been a theme for the Gorillas so far this season….

New coach helps inspire golf team

Garett McCullough |Sports Editor The Pittsburg State University golf team has long been an afterthought in the minds of PSU fans, but Fletcher Harder believes this is the year the team takes a leap forward, beginning with the Missouri Intercollegiate Championship on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Senior Harder came into the season after watching the entire 2011-2012 season from behind the ropes with a knee injury. The knee may have kept him off the course, but he is back and ready to help his team compete. Harder’s determination is aided by the new head coach, Todd Loveland. Loveland’s full focus is on golf, compared to the previous coach, Matt Brock, who also was an assistant basketball…