ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College men’s golf team keeps getting better, as evidenced by its convincing victory last week at the Southwestern College tournament.
Held at Quail Ridge Country Club, the Bluejays blew away their competition with a 17-stroke victory over second-place Bethany College.
“It was an outstanding performance,” coach Randy Keck said. “Our team is getting tougher every week.”
As a team, Tabor shot rounds of 295 and 292 for a 587 total.
“The first round we played very average,” Keck said. “The second day the weather was horrible and I told the kids anything under 300 would win. But instead we shot 292 and won by 17 shots.”
Individually, Tabor was led by Brian Wadsworth, who took medalist honors with back-to-back scores of 70 for a four-under-par 140.
Wadsworth’s nearest competition was Brandon Wagoner of Kansas Wesleyan with a 145.
“Brian is one of the rising stars of college golf,” Keck said. “He’s had several great performances so far, but this one was fantastic.”
Brandon Harouff of Tabor finished third overall with a score of 72/74 (146). Other scores for the Bluejays included Tommie Herrell, 76/74 (150), Josh Eck, 77/74 (151) and Mike Jamieson, 77/77 (154).
“Brandon finished third and had another outstanding performance,” Keck said. “Sophomores Tommie Herrell and Mike Jamieson had solid performances as did redshirt freshman Josh Eck.”
Tabor was scheduled to travel to Manhattan on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the KCAC tournament.
“We must play well to win but we expect to win,” Keck said. “Anything less would be disappointing.
“I’m very proud of our team. They’ve worked very hard all year and the rewards are now being reaped,” he added. “God has blessed us with a lot of talent, but more importantly he’s blessed our relationships with each other.
“Win, lose or draw, that can never be taken away.”