It was a learning experience for the Central Washington Men’s golf club this weekend at Nationals; which was hosted by Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles Missouri. This was the CWU golf team’s first trip to Nationals in the club’s history.
The team flew into St. Louis on Thursday and immediately went out to the course to play their first practice round. After one more practice round on Friday, the team was ready to go for first-round action Saturday morning.
The Wildcats had a strong first round, led by Clayton Osburn who shot eight over par for a score of 80. Caleb Bryant shot a score of 82 to have the Wildcats second-best score on day one and Austin Edwards shot a score of 87 to have the third-best score. The CWU golfers played well and placed 10th overall on day one with a team score of 425 strokes.
Wildcats senior golfer Max Moris was not happy with how his round went on day one.
“The heat got to us on Saturday. I didn’t have it,” said Moris.
Moris had a better second day shooting a score of 92 over 18 holes. Moris finished the two-day tournament with a total score of 190 strokes.
This was not the trend for the team as a whole; as the team struggled with only Moris shooting a better score than the first day. Osburn kept up his solid performance at Nationals on day two by posting a score of 83 strokes and finished with an overall score of 163 to lead the Wildcats. Bryant kept up his solid outing by shooting 86 strokes on day two to finish with a total score of 168 for the tournament.
The Wildcats finished the tournament with a combined score of 878 strokes (168 strokes over par) over the two days to finish in 14th place. The Wildcats didn’t finish the tournament as well as they would have liked to. However, making it to Nationals for the first time was a huge accomplishment for the team.
Wildcats junior golfer, Bryce Weedman, feels that the team will improve at Nationals next year, but the players enjoyed their time in St. Louis.
“We feel that we can do better next year. We had fun as a team,” said Weedman.
The Central Washington University Golf Club’s current President Garrett Granlund, a junior, agreed with Weedman’s assessment on how much fun the team had in sunny St. Louis.
“The weather was perfect, with reasonable wind. The team enjoyed the tournament, and it’s always a treasure,” said Granlund.
Nationals was the last big golf match for the Wildcats this season, with the possibility of some players traveling to Spokane in May to compete in one final match before the season ends.
Returning players like Granlund and Weedman will look to build off of this year’s success. They also look forward to replicating and improving how the golf team plays in hopes of making it back to Nationals next year.
For Moris, Nationals was a great way to cap off a solid career that finished with the team reaching new heights they had never reached before.
Next year the Cats will look to make it back to Nationals and get better than 14th place.