The No. 8 nationally ranked Mustangs entered the final round of the 2013 TMC Spring Invite in second place with a team score of 590, looking to pull ahead of Cal Lutheran, whose second round performance earned them an overall score of 581.
However, at the end of 18 holes, the Mustangs carded a 309 finish, earning an overall score of 35-over 899 (289, 301, 309), which placed them in third behind CSU San Marcos (892), the nation’s No. 3 squad, and tournament winner Cal Lutheran, whose consistent play earned them a 24-over 888 (290, 291, 307) final score.
Highlighting the Mustangs’ roster was Thane Ringler (Hutchinson, KS) as he tied for first place, but unfortunately lost in a sudden-death playoff. Ringler finished with a collective two-over 218 (69, 76, 73). Michael Reitz (Denver, CO) tied for 12th overall at 10-over 226 (72, 74, 80). Andrew Bergoon (Mobile, AL) carded a 228 (74, 78, 76) that earned him a T14 finish, while Nolan Sand (Hoquiam, WA) concluded in 20th place with a 230 (74, 76, 80). John Lawson’s (Mobile, AL) 238 earned him T31 finish.
Joshua Oakes (Murrieta, CA) and Matthew Kim (Yorba Linda, CA), two of three participants in the individual round, brought up the rear for the Mustangs, with Oakes shooting a final score of 249 (82, 84, 83), while Kim posted a 250.
Collectively, the Mustangs claimed a tournament high 44 birdies, and came in third of completed pars with 146.
“We had a wonderful opportunity to win our home golf tournament and we did not rise to the challenge today,” assessed head coach Jason Semelsberger. “Our challenge will be to learn from this event, so that we can grow from it in specific areas where we need to improve. It was exciting to have Thane in a playoff for the individual competition and, as always, I am proud of our guys and excited about what God is doing on our team.”
The Mustangs now take a three-week break, and resume play on March 25 at the Battle at Primm Tournament, held at the Primm Valley Golf Course, in Primm, Nevada.