The golf team didn’t see the results they had hoped for today.
With temperatures higher than yesterday and almost no breeze, today’s game was slightly tougher for Haskell’s golf team. These players from Kansas are used to much more wind than what was seen today. Josiah Kurley went up by six shots from yesterday, ending with an 84 for today’s score. Joshua Little Axe ended with an 86 having four more shots than yesterday. William Wilson also went up four shots, ending with a 78 for today. Little Axe says, “I wasn’t as focused today, and I couldn’t hit my irons very well.”
Deryk Speck dropped his score by two shots having an 80 at the end of his game today. Trevor Pueblo also improved from yesterdays score. Pueblo mentions, “I was actually calm today, I was much more relaxed than I was the first day.” He went from shooting an 87 yesterday to 82 for today.
Edwards Waters College had a huge improvement in their game today compared to yesterday. Several of their players decreased in shots made today which took their score down from yesterday’s score of 315 to a 306 for today. Assistant Coach Joshua Jackson says, “I think the biggest thing we had to focus on was calming down after yesterday.” Coming out here the second day also gave them more of a feel for what to be looking out for. Coach Jackson mentions, “We didn’t realize that the greens were going to be this fast, but taking a night to relax and recognizing the speed of the greens improved our play dramatically today.” Guido Vidatto has landed the lowest scores for Edwards Waters two days in a row and is currently ranked 3rd in the country in NAIA. Vidatto will be playing in the NAIA Individual Championship in a couple of weeks in Daytona, Florida. Edwards Waters College has a current team total of 621.
University of Texas at Brownsville has an overall lead for the NAIA teams with a team total of 580. Coach Daniel Hayden from Brownsville says, “We had one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season and I honestly think that prepared us for this tournament. Playing a lot of different courses and a lot of different cities really helped us out.” Coach Hayden sees his players striving to improve and he believes that is what separates them from the rest. “The thing is, the guys knew about this tournament for awhile, and this is the first group of guys that I’ve coached that have worked as hard as they have. They have just absolutely worked hours to prepare for this. It was just a matter of time before they all played this good together.” Gage Murphy, for Brownsville, says, “It was good for us to finally all do so well at the same time.” Murphy played nicely today but had a struggle on one hole that kept him from improving his score from yesterday. He went from shooting a 70 yesterday to a 75 for today. Murphy says, “I wasn’t hitting as well today. I played like a different golfer out there. I was still scoring okay, but I tripled my 16th hole and that killed it.”
The men’s teams will play their 3rd round tomorrow afternoon.