Golfers compete at MSU Intercollegiate



Griffin Parker was UNI’s top performer at the Missouri State Intercollegiate, shooting two over par with a 73.

DREW HILL, Opinion Columnist

The UNI men’s golf team traveled to Ozark, Mo., to compete in the Missouri State Intercollegiate on Monday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 21. The event was played at the Millwood Golf and Racquet Club. UNI wound up finishing seventh out of 15 teams, led by a top-10 finish from Griffin Parker.

Parker led UNI with an even par score of 71 in round one. After finishing with a 73, or +2, in round two, Parker again finished with an even par in round three to finish with a total score of 215, or +2, which tied him for 10 in the final standings.

Connor Van Weelden struggled a bit in round one with a score of 79, or +8. However, he finished as UNI’s best golfer in rounds two and three, shooting an even par score of 71 in round two, and 70, or -1, in round three. This gave him a total score of 220, or +7, which tied him for 26th.

JD Pollard joined Parker in shooting an even par in round one. However, he couldn’t keep up the momentum, and scored a 74, or +3, in round two, as well as a 78, or +7, in round three. This gave him a final score of 223, or +10, which tied him for 36th in the final standings.

Tommy Doyle finished just behind Pollard in the final standings. After scoring a 79, or +8, in round one, Doyle bounced back with a 72, or +1, in round two and a 73, or +2, in round three. His final score of 224, or +11, one stroke behind Pollard, placed him in a tie for 41st in the standings.

Finally, Thomas Storbeck started with a 79, or +8, in round one. He followed it up with a 73, or +2, in round two. However, a rough showing in round three, shooting a 90, or +19, dropped him in the standings. He ended with a final score of 242, or +29, which placed him in a tie for 75th place.

Overall, UNI finished with a score of 881, or +29. This placed them in seventh place in a field of 15 teams. They finished just one stroke behind Central Arkansas for sixth place. The team that won was Oral Roberts, who finished with an overall score of 854, or +2. They were led by Brandon Hoff, who was the top individual golfer with a score of 208, or -5.

The Panther men’s golf team next travels to Silvis, Ill., for the WIU Invite on Monday, April 3, through Tuesday, April 4. They then travel to Elkhorn, Neb., for the Stampede at the Creek event from Monday, April 10, through Tuesday, April 11. This is their final regular season event before the MVC Championships.