Kingsmen Come Back to Win Concan Invitational for Second Consecutive Year
CLU erases deficit to repeat as champions
BLANCO, Tex. – For the second consecutive year the Cal Lutheran men’s golf team will enjoy a homecoming from the Texas Lutheran University (TLU) Concan Invitational to Southern California with a little extra hardware as the Kingsmen repeated as champions. CLU erased an eight-stroke deficit after the opening round to shoot a 301 and win at Vaaler Creek Golf Club today.
Not only did the Kingsmen lock up back-to-back titles at the Concan Invitational, but it also marks the first time in CLU golf history that a team has won the same event in consecutive years. Today’s tournament win also helped the men’s golf program earn another first as they had never before won three major events in the same season. The team victory today set a third program first for the Kingsmen by winning tournaments in back-to-back weeks in the same year. March 4-5 CLU won The Master’s College Spring Invitational before coming back seven days later to claim the TLU Concan Invitational.
All year the CLU golfers have pushed each other as they have turned in successful round after successful round. The consistency was apparent today as the five competing Kingsmen golfers all finished among the top-13 with four players separated by just one stroke apiece.
A shaky first day for Mikey McGinn was forgotten as the junior shot a day-low 73, to tie with individual tournament champion, Chance Cathey, the only golfer under par with a combined 143 (-1).
McGinn used an eagle on the 16th hole, capped off by a 20-foot putt, and a pair of birdies to climb the individual ladder today.
“I felt more focused in today’s round because I knew we had to shoot good scores today to pull out the win,” McGinn went on, “I was also much more comfortable with my club selection because the wind was not swirling like it was yesterday.”
Overall, he placed 13th with a 157 (+13) that included four total birdies and the eagle.
The second CLU golfer on the results sheet today was Bobby Griffin. The sophomore took six strokes off his day one total to shoot a second round 74. During the event he produced 23 pars, including 12 today, one shy of the leader, Jack Cerosimo from Concordia (Tex.). Griffin tied for ninth overall with a 154 (+10).
Showing his consistency for the Kingsmen throughout the two-day event was Barret McGinnis who used an equal 76 shots each round to pace the CLU pack and place tied for fifth with a 152 (+8). During each round McGinnis recorded four birdies to finish tied, with Cathey, for a tournament-high of eight.
Parker Colvin and Chad Kimmelshue each used 78 swings today to finish 11th and 12th, respectively, with overall scores of 155 (+11) and 156 (+12). Colvin also eagled the 16th hole, sinking a 50-foot putt from the bottom of a hill. In the 36-hole event, Colvin recorded 21 pars and four birdies while Kimmelshue posted 20 pars.
In two rounds, Cal Lutheran combined for 97 pars, one less than tournament leader Concordia (Tex.), 21 birdies, one shy of Southwestern (Tex.) and host TLU who produced 22 apiece, and a pair of eagles to tie with TLU for the lead.
Competing as an individual this week was Cody Price who finished with 19 pars as he placed 22nd with a 165 (+21).
Cal Lutheran won the event with a 612 (+36). Concordia (Tex.) and Texas Lutheran tied for second with 625. Rounding out the field were Southwestern (629) Mary Hardin-Baylor (644), Mississippi College (665), Louisiana College (671) and LeTourneau (697).
Cal Lutheran will be back on the course in a dual match with Chapman at Tierra Rejada on Thursday, March 14. Tee times are set for 11:00 a.m.