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Courington Cards Career Low in Final Round of Desert Shootout, Men Finish 11th



On Saturday the Missouri State men’s golf team finished 11th in the Dessert Shootout with a final round 292 as a team and a three-day total of 875.  The 54-hole tournament, comprised of 14 teams, was played on the par 72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz. 


Jack Courington, a sophomore for the Bears, led the team for the tournament.  He fired a career-low, 18-hole score of 69 for the final round.  His three-day total of 214 earned him a 27th place individual finish.  Freshman Jordan McLaurin and junior Jay McBride tied in 46th place for the tournament with 54-hole totals of 218.  McLaurin carded 73 in the final round and McBride shot 75. 


Freshman Mark Hogan shot 75 in the final round to finish at 230 in a tie for 80th place and junior Ryan Weinhaus finished at 236 for three-days with a final round 86.  Weinhaus finished 88th individually.


Host school, Denver, won the tournament with a three-day total of 829, one stroke ahead of Tulsa. Air Force Academy’s Tom Whitney took home medalist honors with a final round of 67 and a tournament total of 200.


The Missouri State men will be back in action March 30-31 in Little Rock, Ark. at Chenal Country Club.  The Bears will compete in the UALR / First Tee Intercollegiate.


Day 2 Recap


After two rounds the Bears were tied in 11th place as a team, moving up three spots with a second round 289 on Friday for a 36-hole total of 583.   


Air Force’s Tom Whitney led all individuals with a two-day total of 11-under par 133.  Denver remained in the lead for the team competition, shooting a second-day total of 11-under-par to total a 28-under par 548 for the two days.


McBride led the Bears after two rounds, firing 69, three-under-par for the day.  He entered the final round of competition tied in 36th place at 143.  McLaurin and Courington tied in 46th place after 36 holes at 145.  McLaurin posted a second round 74 and Courington shot one-over-par, 73.  Weinhaus finished the day in 68th place at 150, carding a second round score 73.  Hogan shot 78 and entered the final round tied in 87th place at 155. 


Day 1 Recap


Missouri State finished the first 18 holes of the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz. in 14th place with a team score of 294 on Thursday.  Firing 17-under as team to lead after the first round was tournament host Denver at 271. Nicolas Geyger of Tulsa led the individual competition, shooting 64 in the first round.


McLaurin led the Bears in the first 18 holes.  He fired a one-under-par score of 71 to enter the second 18 holes of competition in a tie for 30th place.  One shot back from McLaurin and second for the Bears was Courington.  Courington posted an even-par round of 72 to finished the day tied in 40th place individually. McBride and Weinhaus carded rounds of 74 and 77, respectively.  After 18 holes, McBride was tied in 57th place and Weinhaus finished tied in 82nd.   Hogan also carded 77 for the day.


The Bears entered the second round a stroke behind conference competitor Northern Iowa in 13th (293) and two behind Utah Valley in 12th (292).





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