Golf Continues to Produce Strong Performances in Fall Tournaments / Jace Aymond

The men and women’s golf teams both competed this past week during the fall break with the men posting strong numbers and the women securing a runner-up finish. The men were a part of The Battle for the Belt held at Hot Springs Country Club and hosted by Henderson State while the Lady Choctaws traveled to Millington, Tennessee for the Rhodes College Classic. 

The guys finished sixth out of 11 competing schools where they finished the tournament at 17 over par with their best round being the opening one, shooting a 290. With an 881 on the tournament, the Choctaws only finished one stroke behind the host team Henderson State at 880. J.J Logue was the top performing Choctaw by far as he tied for sixth on the individual leaderboard at three under par. Tomas Kubata also performed well as he tied for 21st at four over par with Adam Murphree tying for 38th, as he finished 10 over par. Other Choctaws included Bryson Jones and Grant Mahaney, who were both just behind Murphree as they both shot 11 over for a tie for 41st finish. Henderson State won the tournament overall with Arkansas Tech and Southern Arkansas following them for the all Natural State podium finish. 

Even with only six total schools competing in the women’s tournament, the Lady Choctaws finished second at the Rhodes Classic as they shot a total of 640 in the two days as a team. Sarah Hodson proved that she was once again one of the best in the field as she finished second individually with a four over par. Jenna Belton and Lydia Welborn tied for ninth on the tournament with sixteen over and Miriam McCoy tying for 30th at 28 over. Not far behind were Ellie Smith and Malia Kossina, who shot 31 and 32 over par respectively with Anna Kennedy rounding out MC in 41st place at 61 over. Host team Rhodes College came out on top with Milsaps College, only three strokes behind the Lady Choctaws, in third.

While the men don’t have any upcoming tournament, the women have a week-long break before returning to action. The Lady Choctaws have yet another tournament in Tennessee, this time hosted by Freed-Hardeman University on the 18th and 19th of October.

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