MARYVILLE, Mo. – Park University had a pair of winners, and freshmen led the way to a first-place men's finish while the women were led by a senior, turning in a pair of first-place finishes in the second event of the 2017-18 season at the Southwestern Premier at Maryville's Mozingo Lake Golf Course.
Ryan Tattan headlined three breakout freshman performances for the men's team, winning the tournament by extending his first-round one-stroke lead with a 3-under par 69, Friday, finishing a weather-shortened two-round event in 142 (73-69) to win by three strokes over Iowa Central's Keegan Goodwin.
William Wilk was also part of the Pirates' freshman-class outbreak, finishing third (77-71—148), while Yannick Koehnen shot 76-73, 149 for the two-day event, as Park took a three-stroke lead over Graceland by shooting 306 on Thursday, finishing the event Friday in 287 to win by 23 shots, in all, over Iowa Central Community College. The men also got a 10th-place performance from Zach Spencer, while Wes Buntenbach finished a stroke behind Spencer to finish 12th. Dakota Soukup competed as an individual, firing back-to-back 82s to finish the week in 164.
"I'm really proud of how well both teams dealt with the elements. It is never easy to play in a consistent rain and stay focused," Park coach Tony Blake said. "The guys really dug in and played a heck of a second round. Shooting under par in the second round was a great team accomplishment, and improving on the team score by 19 strokes was a definite step in the right direction."
Rachel Hoffman was the winner on the women's side in her senior debut, adding a second-round 87 to a first-round 83, claiming the event by 10 strokes over teammate Leeah Shipley. The Pirates shot 722 as a team (364-358). The Pirates were the only full team in the tournament and finished 1-through-6, individually. Gen Stelmacovich was third, Morgan Farnan and Allie Storm tied for fourth, and freshman Lexi Grego finished sixth.
"There's still a ton of room for improvement on both teams, but again, we're going in the right direction," Blake said. "Our ladies have a veteran group and they'll continue to make progress, and for three freshmen to lead our men, that was very encouraging going in to a really important tournament next week."
Both Park teams travel to Fulton, Missouri, next week, for the two-day William Woods University Invitational at Tanglewood Golf Course.