The ACU golf team, lead by Corbin Renner’s fourth place individual, took second place at the Harold Funston Invitational in Huntsville.
Hosted by the par-71, 6,943 yard Raven Nest Golf Course, the Wildcats finished 24 strokes behind the Bearkats of Sam Houston and barely edged Oral Roberts by three strokes.
Renner shot a first-round par, followed up with a 4-under-par-67 and finished with a third round 72. He finished six strokes behind Zach Cabra, winner of Sam Houston State, at three under for the tournament. Renner said he was happy with his overall performance.
“I was pleased with the way I played the first day, but coming in with two bogeys on the last two holes was not ideal,” said Renner.
With a good season thus far, Renner took home the win of the first tournament of the season at the Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate and finished in the top 20 and top five.
After Renner’s 210, ACU individual finishes were Kyle Kennedy’s 216, good for 11th place, Kyle Karnei, tying for 20th with a 221, Trey Sullivan with a 222, tying for 24th and Luke Carpenter, shooting 237, finishing 45th.
With the transition to Div. I comes the five-year period of not being able to compete postseason in any sport. Knowing there is no season after the regular season can affect the excitement and atmosphere of a team.
The atmosphere is definitely different at the Div. I level, the depth of field is much stronger than the D-2 level,” said coach Campbell. “We got our first trophy this past tournament and is our first step in the journey of becoming a successful D-1 golf team.”
The Wildcats play next week at The Territory Classic in Duncan, Okla. This will be ACU’s final tournament of the fall season.