ACU men’s golf will travel to Mexico for the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Los Cabos this weekend.
Following a strong fall season, the team began its spring schedule on Monday with the 51st annual Moe O’Brien Intercollegiate at the Lake Charles Country Club.
Seniors Trey Sullivan and Ian Evans, along with juniors Corbin Renner and Luke Carpenter and sophomore Kaden Walters all travelled to Louisiana with head coach Mike Campbell to compete in the two-day, 54-hole tournament. Despite muddy field conditions, ACU tied for fifth, with Renner tying for ninth place overall with a total of even-par (216).
Now the same five Wildcats look ahead to their next competition on Sunday at the Querencia golf course, which is ranked the No. 1 course in Mexico by Golfweek Magazine. In contrast to Lake Charles, Los Cabos’ weather is expected to be sunny and warm, with ideal conditions on the course.
ACU will compete against 13 other schools, many of them powerhouses that represent the highest level of Div. I competition. The tournament, hosted by Southern Methodist University, includes Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Coastal Carolina and UTC. Other local teams attending the tournament include Lamar, SMU and UT Arlington.
The three-day tournament is the second of only six tournaments the Wildcats will attend in the spring, including the Southland Conference Championships at the end of April.
The team had a notable fall season, which included a fourth place finish at the Territory Classic in Duncan, Okla., a third place finish at the Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate tournament in Abilene, and a second place finish at the Harold Funston Invitational in Huntsville. Another highlight of the fall was Renner’s individual medalist title win at the Charles Coody tournament.
With such success against solid Div. I teams in the fall, the Wildcats hope to use their experience rolling into the spring season.
“The team is looking good as of right now,” Renner said. “We played pretty well in Louisiana considering the conditions, but I think we have a good chance of doing some big things this semester.”