Gan tee shot

The Missouri Western men’s and womens' golf teams competed in the MIAA Championship this week, the mens' at the Shangri-La Country Club in Monkey Island, Oklahoma, and the womens' team at Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. 

The mens' team was ranked fifth in the NCAA Division II regional rankings going into the tournament. Although the team took a slow start on Monday after shooting a 308 in round one, the team climbed out of their hole by shooting a 294 to move up from seventh place to fifth. 

Missouri Western totaled a 602 at the end of the first two rounds, just narrowly behind fourth and third place. Senior standout Patrick McCarthy put on a show and was tied for third after day one with a 1-under par 143. In the first round, McCarthy shot a 1-over 73, and then went 2-under par in round two.

On Tuesday, the mens' team finished fifth in the MIAA Tournament. In the final round, the Griffons shot 317 and then finished with a three-round total of 919. 

McCarthy had a great day once again and actually had his best career finish at the MIAA Championship as he ended up tying for eighth place. Despite the cold and high winds, he shot a 5-over par 77 and finished at 4-over par 220. Redshirt senior Lucas Horseman ended up in the top 20 after shooting a 79 in round three and actually tied for 17 at 16-over 232.

After a solid performance at the MIAA Tournament, the mens' team will play in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four years. The Griffons are one of eight teams from the Central Region who were chosen for the tournament. In the past sixteen seasons, this will be the team’s fifth regional appearance. 

The mens' team will play at the Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 6-8. 

Over on the women’s side, the Griffons also sat at fifth after day one of the MIAA Championship on Thursday. They shot a 646 from the first two rounds: 329 in the opening round and a 317 in the second. 

Sophomore Allycia Gan led the womens' team with a 12-over par 156, securing a spot in 10 place as an individual. She was just two strokes from fifth and four away from third place. In the first round Gan shot a 79, and in the second she shot a 77.

Freshman Julie Hofmanova also made an appearance in the top 20 as she finished with the best score of the first day for Missouri Western. She shot a 76 in round two and tied for 17 at 16-over par 160.

On the second day of the MIAA Tournament on Friday, the womens' team once again mirrored their mens' team counterpart and finished in fifth place. In the final round, the Griffons shot 331 and had a three-round total of 977. 

Missouri Western had four golfers finish in the top 30 at the MIAA Championship. Gan paved the way for the team and finished with a tie for 13 place with a 239. Junior Anna Bech tied for 21 with a 244, Junior Ady Crough tied for 25 and Hofmanova finished in 29 place.

Missouri Western will host the womens' tournament at the St. Joseph Country Club on May 3-5.

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