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MSU-WP golfers fourth in tourney

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Missouri State University-West Plains club golf team placed fourth in the Blue Devil Fall Classic Golf Tournament held Oct. 16-17 at Dub's Dread Golf Club in Bonner Springs, Kan.

The event, which featured 15 teams from Missouri, Iowa and Kansas, was hosted by Kansas City (Kan.) Community College.

Missouri State-West Plains shot 312 in Monday's first round and 317 in Tuesday's second round for a tournament total 629.

First place went to Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan., with a 599; followed by second place Kansas City Community College with 625; and third place Baker University's Blue Squad from Baldwin City, Kan., with 626.

"This tournament gave us a true opportunity to see how good our team was," volunteer coach Phil Wade said, pointing out nine of the 15 teams competing were junior colleges. "This was an excellent outing for us. It proved just how hard our players have been working in practice to improve."

Missouri State-West Plains team member Ben Knight of West Plains finished the event in a tie for eighth place with rounds of 75 and 79. Thayer's Layne Hawkins tied for 11th with rounds of 78 and 77, and Brett Ward, also of Thayer, finished in the top 20 with rounds of 79 and 79. Fellow teammate M.J. Clark, also of Thayer, posted rounds of 80 and 82.

The Blue Devil Fall Classic is the last tournament of the fall season for Missouri State-West Plains. Phil Wade said the team will work on their weaknesses during the winter months to prepare for its spring season.

"We will play three to four tournaments next spring, then compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) national tournament May 15-18 in Mesa, Ariz.," the coach said.

Although the team does not compete as a member of the Grizzly Athletics program, NJCAA rules permit individual team members to compete at the national tournament, Wade said.

For more information about the Missouri State University-West Plains club golf team and how to support its activities, contact Phil Wade at 417-274-6732.



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