Bears Finish Tied for Fifth in Fairway Club Invitational
The Missouri State men’s golf team finished tied for fifth despite improving four strokes from the previous 18 holes on Monday in its first tournament of the 2008 fall season. With a team total of 295 on Tuesday’s final round, the Bears held their position, finishing with a 36-hole total of 594 to tie Illinois State. The tournament, hosted by Nebraska and held at Arbor Links Golf Course, was shortened to 36 holes due to bad weather on Monday.
The Bears finished 14 strokes off the lead, with tournament champion South Dakota State shooting 288 in Tuesday’s round for a 580 total. The Bears also trailed second place finisher Western Illinois at 582, Kansas at 591 in third, and Northern Illinois in fourth at 592. Shane Pearce of Texas-Pan American shot 139 (68-71) to win the individual title.
Junior Jay McBride led the Bears again in the second round with a score of 71, one-under-par for the day, and shot 143 for the 36-hole tournament. He tied for fourth place individually. Freshman Jordan McLaurin completed his first tournament with a score of 75 and 149 total, placing 18th. Placing 31st individually was Jack Courington, who shot 78 in the final round, and had a tournament score of 151. Scott Glenn and Ryan Weinhaus, both juniors, shot 73 and 76, respectively, on Tuesday. Glenn tied for 37th with a153 total while Weinhaus tied for 47th with 156.
The next tournament for the Bears is the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, Sept. 22-23 in Manhattan, Kan.