UCA’s men’s golf team finished 11th overall in its last match of the calendar year at the First Tee Classic in Little Rock, Oct. 21 and 22.
“[The finish] was a little disappointing,” head coach Steve Runge said. “The course was pretty tough and our scores weren’t that great.”
After day one, UCA was in 10th place with a total score of 598 (+22). The men’s golf team got off to a strong start finishing seventh after the first round, but the second round pushed them back to 10th.
The second round was the toughest for the Bears on the first day. The team finished 13th out of 15 teams for that round, leading only Bradley and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Eastern Michigan led after the first day with a score of 577 (+1), but Oral Roberts and University of Arkansas Little Rock trailed by just one stroke. Campbell and Middle Tennessee State University were right behind them, tied for fourth at 579 (+3).
Day two pushed the Bears back to 11th with a final score of 900 (+36). The team finished tied for eighth for that round with 302 total strokes.
Illinois State University and Campbell finished the Little Rock First Tee Classic tied for first with 872 (+8) strokes. Middle Tennessee placed third at 877 (+13), University of Arkansas Little Rock finished fourth at 880 (+16) and Eastern Michigan fell back to fifth after its hot start to 881 (+17).
Freshman Blaine Calhoon led the Bears individually, and finished tied for seventh with 223 (+7) strokes. Junior Miles Smith tied for 42nd at the end of the First Tee Classic, two strokes behind Calhoon.
Junior Trey DePriest placed tied for 46th at 226 (+10) while sophomore Brett Daughdrill tied for 57th 229 strokes (+13).
Sophomore Spencer Jenkins placed tied for 67th out of the 87 golfers that competed.
Senior Max Theodorakis for Campbell University and freshman Markus Braadle for Texas Tech University finished tied for first with 210 (-6) strokes.
Theodorakis also led after day one at 135 (-9), with senior Logan Lockwood from Texas State University trailing by two strokes.
For the Bears, Calhoon was tied for 33rd at the end of the first day at 148 (+4) and Smith was one stroke behind him. Daughdrill and DePriest were both tied for 58th at the end of day one with 152 (+8) strokes.
“For the fall, we did pretty good and had some good scores overall,” Runge said.
The Bears next match will be Feb. 10 and 11 when they travel to Cota De Caza, California for the UC Irvine Invitational.