The Rogers State men’s golf team opened up its spring competition slate with a seventh place finish at the Doyle Wallace Classic at the Hot Springs Country Club Feb. 22-23.
The Hillcats finished in the middle of the pack in a field comprised primarily of NCAA Division II programs. The first-year RSU golfers carded a two-day total of 629, 23 strokes behind tournament winner Arkansas Tech. The Cats finished 33 shots ahead of conference rival John Brown. The Golden Eagles placed 10th in the 11-team field
Freshmen Brandon Jackson and Tanner Owens set the pace for the Hillcats. Jackson finished in a tie for 19th with rounds of 75 and 80 while Owens carded consecutive rounds of 78 to finish one stroke behind. Junior Nathan Erwin also posted a two-day total of 155 while competing as an individual for RSU.
“Brandon and Tanner impressed me with their play,” said Lynn Blevins, RSU head golf coach. “Overall, I was disappointed in our mental toughness as a group. The weather conditions were tough, but they were tough for everyone.”
Sophomore Bo Sarratt tallied a two-day total of 160, junior Joel Smith shot a 163 and freshman Preston Bartley rounded out the team scoring with a 165. Henderson State’s Ben Cuzen took home the individual honors with rounds of 70 and 71 to post a four-stroke victory.
The Hillcat men’s golf team will return to competition March 14-15 at the Texas Intercollegiate Golf Championship in Ft. Worth, Texas.