ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College men’s golf team, under the guidance of coach Randy Keck, kicked off its 2004 spring season with impressive results.
As a result, Tabor was tied with Shorter (Ga.) in the March 18 NAIA ratings.
The Bluejays opened at the Newman University tournament March 8 and 9 at Reflection Ridge in Wichita and came home in second place in the 11-team tournament.
Tabor’s team score of 601 was second only to Texas Wesleyan, ranked fourth in the nation.
Individually, Tommie Herrell, a sophomore transfer from Lincoln University in Jefferson, Mo., led the way for Tabor by shooting 141 (68/73) to capture second medalist honors.
Brian Wadsworth shot a 148 (76/72) to finish second for Tabor and seventh overall.
Rounding out the Bluejay roster was Josh Eck at 156 (79/77), Mike Jamieson 156 (78/78), and Brandon Harrouff 167 (80/87).
Other KCAC schools competing were Bethany (620) and Friends (649).
The Bluejays headed south March 15-16 to Dallas, Texas, to compete in the Texas Wesleyan University Invitational at Teirra Verde Golf Club in Dallas.
The Bluejays placed fifth in the 16-team tournament.
“We were fairly satisfied with that,” Keck said. “There were six of the top 10 teams in the nation at the tournament and we beat two of them.”
Tabor was led once again by Herrell, who finished in fifth place at 143 (72/71).
Eck came in 13th at 146 (75/71), while Wadsworth shot a 150 (74/76), Jamieson a 159 (80/79), and Nick Anneler a 174 (89/85).
“We played well this week but we still haven’t played up to our potential,” Keck said. “It’s going to be scary when we put it all together.”
In women’s action, Tabor’s lone female golfer this spring, Diane Soldan, captured the Barton County Community College tournament championship held at Great Bend.