The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly men's club golf team won the first ever collegiate tournament in West Plains on Oct. 19, when they defeated Mineral Area College of Park Hills, Mo., and Lyon College of Batesville, in a three-team meet at the West Plains Country Club.
The Grizzlies, who hosted the event, posted a team score of 387, besting the second place Mineral Area College Cardinals by eight strokes. Lyon College posted a team score of 429.
"I think our first tournament was a success," Grizzly Head Coach Phil Wade said. "I'm proud of our team. They put forth a lot of effort, and they kept their composure on a day in which it was difficult to play. The winds were strong, and the greens were fast, which made it difficult to putt. But, I'm happy with the progress our team continues to show in every event."
Three Grizzlies, sophomore Josh Kern of Seymour and freshmen Dustin Blackburn of Houston and Taylor Vanzandt of Cassville, ended the day-long event in a three-way tie for first place, overall, after shooting rounds of 75 each. In a two-hole playoff, however, Vanzandt got the edge for the official first-place finish. Blackburn placed second, and Kern third.
Other Grizzlies competing included freshman J.W. Blevins of Salem, who shot a round of 80; freshman Josh Hicks of Willow Springs, who shot an 82; and freshman Jay Williams of Eminence, who shot an 84.
Two former area high school players competed on the Lyon team. Seth Johnson of Koshkonong paced his team with a score of 81, and Gaston Orahood of Thayer shot a 90.
Wade said he would like to thank West Plains Country Club golf pro Alex Sanford and greens supervisor Gary Brown for getting the course in "immaculate" condition for the tournament.
For more information about the Grizzly men's and women's club golf teams, visit the teams' Web site at http://www.wp.missouristate.edu/ClubGolf....