MCC Golfers tie record score; finish in second at La Junta
LA JUNTA, Colo. – The McCook Community College Golf Team tied an all-time, one-day team scoring record Friday but still came up short. Eastern Wyoming held off MCC to claim the Otero Junior College tournament to cap the fall portion of the year-long Region IX standings chase. The Lancers won by nine shots, 558-567.
“This was a great way to finish the fall region season and now we take a much deserved break,” said MCC Coach Tyler Loop.
The coach said he challenged his players to post a 276 or better since the team’s one-day scoring record was 277.
After posting a 290 and trailing the Lancers by 15 shots after play Thursday, MCC’s three-under par 277 was six shots better than Eastern Wyoming Friday. Northeastern Junior Collage finished third, 28 shots back of McCook. Otero Junior College was fourth, Central Wyoming fifth and Lamar was sixth.
The Lancers grab 10 points in the team standings to finish the six fall tournaments in first place with 44 points. MCC earned seven points and gained 34 standings points this fall. NJC is third with 32 points, Central Wyoming is in fourth with 11 points, Lamar fifth with 10 points and Otero is in sixth with eight points.
Three MCC freshmen golfers posted scores in the 60s Friday and four finished with two-day scores in the 140s to finish in the top ten among individuals.
Freshmen Brayden Dahl (Hillcrest, South Africa) shot a 68 Friday, to finish in a fourth-place tie and a two-round total of 141, (one over par). He tied with teammate Ethan Gough (Hillcrest, South Africa) who shot rounds of 73 and 69.
Freshmen Payton Craw (McCook) posted his low score of the fall with a 69 on Friday and finished the tournament two-over par 142, good for seventh place. Freshman Jordan Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) shot rounds of 75 and 71 to finish in a ninth-place tie at 146 (six over).
After posting a two-over 72 on Thursday, freshman Cayden Wynne (Lincoln Southwest) finished out of medal contention with an 87 on Friday. He finished in 27th place at 159.
“I look forward to them trying to break the record again in the spring,” Loop said.
Competing as an individual, freshman Nathan Sughroue (Hastings Adams-Central) shot a six-over 76 Friday and finished in a tie for 16th place with a two-day 150.
Dahl finishes the fall leading all Region IX golfers in the individual player standings with 36 points. Gough has 25 points and is in a tie for fourth place. Wynne and Craw have both picked up seven points and are in a tie for 11th place. Bingham earned four points this fall and is in a tie for 18th place.
The season and all the results from the fall will resume with six more Region IX tournaments in the spring starting March 24 in Lamar, Colo. MCC will host the field at Heritage Hills Golf Course in the third week of the spring schedule April 7-8.
FINAL OJC TEAM STANDINGS
1. Eastern Wyoming - 2 275-283 - 558
2. McCook CC + 7 290-277 - 567
3. Northeastern JC +35 300-295 - 595
4. Otero JC +44 302-302 - 604
5. Central Wyoming +56 312-304 - 616
6. Lamar CC +77 315-322 - 637
MCC INDIVIDUAL SCORES
T4. Ethan Gough +1 73-69 - 141
T4. Brayden Dahl +1 72-68 - 141
7. Payton Craw +2 73-69 - 142
T9. Jordan Bingham +6 75-71 - 146
27. Cayden Wynn +19 72-87 - 159
Competing as an individual
T16. Nathan Sughroue +10 74-76 – 150