ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
After obliterating the field at Southwestern a week earlier, the Tabor College golf team had a sub-par outing last Monday and Tuesday, April 26 and 27, at the KCAC Championships held at Manhattan.
A heavy favorite, Tabor finished a disappointing second with a team score of 902, which put them two strokes behind Bethany. For the Swedes, the win was their tenth consecutive KCAC title.
Ironically, the Bluejays had defeated the Swedes last week at Winfield by 17 strokes.
“We were very disappointed in our performance,” coach Randy Keck said. “We expected to win, were picked to win and had beaten Bethany in every tournament we had played them all year. We just had a poor tournament.”
But there were exceptions.
Leading the way for Tabor was Josh Eck who topped the field with a two-day total of 219 and earned all-conference honors. He won the title in a playoff with All-American Martin Linden from Bethany.
Three of Eck’s teammates earned all-conference recognition with top-10 finishes.
Brian Wadsworth posted scores of 112 and 111 for a two-day total of 223 to finish sixth. Tommie Herrell shot a 114 and 116 (230) to finish tied for eighth with teammate Mike Jamieson, who shot 117 and 113.
Brandon Harrouff shot a 120 and 119 for a two-day total of 239.
By finishing among the top three at the KCAC tournament, Tabor qualified the regional tournament Monday and Tuesday, May 3 and 4, at Landsmear Golf Club in Orange City, Iowa.
“If we play well, we should win,” Keck said. “We’re good enough to win.”
If Tabor wins there, the team would advance to the national tournament, May 18-21, at Prairie Highlands Golf Club in Olathe.