Golf Takes a Swing


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Hagan Wood studies the green

Kerry Wilson, Opinion Editor

The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team finished 15th place at the Midwestern State Invitational on Tuesday with a team score of 934.

The Lions’ team leader was Hagan Wood, who tied for fourth with rounds of 74-73-72-219. Other Lions finishers were Wilfredo Sanchez (77-80-77-234), tied for 57th; Reed Fisher (81-83-77-241), placing 76th; Grayson Benavides (78-86-79-243), tied for 80th; and Garrett Landers (80-84-80-244), tied for 84th.

Coach Tyler Schiffelbein attributes the team’s progress to a more focused mindset.

“I think them getting their brains wrapped around what we’re doing has helped,” he said. “We’ve changed the way we practice. We’ve changed the way we prepared. We’ve got a couple of new players sort of leading the charge, as well as a couple of the returners who have really bought in. When you get that group together, like cohesive together, it makes a huge difference.”

The top three finishing teams in the Invitational were Southeastern Oklahoma placing 1st with team rounds of 307-289-884 (+32); St. Mary’s (297-292-299-888); and Arkansas-Fort Smith (302-297-300-899).

The A&M-Commerce men’s golf team will battle it out on the course again at the Lion Invitational at The Colony on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The teams A&M-Commerce will be shooting against include the University of the Incarnate Word, winner of the 2015 Colony Invitational and Tyler Junior College, currently ranked No. 1 among junior colleges.