After finishing within the top three teams in conference play this season, Friends University Falcon golf advanced to the NAIA Region IV Tournament held April 28-29 at Sunflower Hills Golf Course in Bonner Springs. This year’s performance marked the second Region IV tournament appearance for the Falcons in the past three years.
Playing on a complicated course with an abundance of trees and difficult greens, the Falcons ended the tournament and their season with a third place team finish. Like usual, despite a nice day for the practice round, both days of the tournament were cold and windy. After the first day and 36 holes in less than favorable conditions, the Falcons sat in third place overall.
“We never really seemed to get anything going, but that probably had something to do with the weather and the greens being so difficult to putt on,” stated Falcon head coach Aaron Winter.
After rebounding in day two to improve on Monday’s score, the Falcons were still unable to make up enough ground to catch either of the leaders, resulting in the third place overall finish for the Falcons.
On an individual note, despite suffering from the flu with doubts about his ability to even participate in the tournament, junior Nathan Read missed a tie for first by merely one shot and ended up taking fifth place overall.
Only the winning team and winning individual advance to the national tournament through regional play, so the tournament concluded the Falcons’ 2008 season. However, the Falcons look forward to next year with a solid core group of players returning in 2009.
· Finished 3rd out of 5 teams
· Round 1 Score = 328
· Round 2 Score = 319
· Round 3 Score = 312
· Total Score = 959
· Nathan Read 81 – 71 – 73 = 225 5/29
· Andy Dome 82 – 84 – 79 = 245 14/29
· Jesse Schellenberg 86 – 80 – 80 = 246 15/29
· Brian Bergkamp 83 – 85 – 80 = 248 17/29
· Justin Speer 82 – 84 – 83 = 249 18/29