The golf team finished in ninth place at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational totaling 876 strokes for the weekend.
ACU started off hot this weekend as they shot 289 as a team in round one, but couldn’t keep up their streak as they shot 292 and 295 in rounds two and three. The Wildcats played similar to last year, where they shot 875 for the weekend and placed 10th out of 19 teams.
Sophomore Alex Clouse finished fifth individually this weekend taking 212 strokes times for a final score of four under. This was enough to place him over last year’s Falcon Invitational winner John Murdock of Wyoming, who broke even over the weekend. Clouse shot 70 in round one, 68 in round two and 74 in round three.
Clouse said he was happy with the strong individual start to the season.
“I believe this weekend in Colorado was definitely a boost for my confidence. Anytime I am able to finish under par in a tournament, I see it as a positive,” Clouse said. “It felt great to be back competing with the team this weekend. We went in with the mindset that we could win the tournament both as a team and individually. Because of our competitive nature throughout the team and will to win, this mindset will exist not just in tournaments, but in everyday training and practice throughout the year.”
Senior Garrett Glanton finished tied for 25th individually taking 218 strokes on the weekend. Glanton said his play improved a lot from last year.
“Playing in Colorado last year helped me adjust to the difference in altitude and severe greens, which is a big reason why I placed better this year,” Glanton said. “Overall, I was pleased with our performance, and I feel like we showed signs of improvement from last year.”
Looking at the rest of the team, sophomore Chase Allison finished tied for 50th with a final score of seven over. Junior Bryce Dooley tied for 72nd with a final score of 12 over. Sophomore Daniel Seibert also finished tied for 72nd with a final score of +12.
The Wildcats will next participate at the Trinity Forest Invitational in Dallas on Sept. 23-25.