HESSTON—The Central Christian College golf teams were in action on Saturday, in a dual match with the Tabor College Blue Jays. The teams met up in Hesston, Kansas at the Hesston Golf Course. The Tigers had two full men's teams and the Blue Jays one. For the women, the Tigers had a full team, but the Blue Jays had just one golfer available.
On the men's side, both Tiger teams shot lower than the Tabor men (375), but it will be the A Team's score of 316 that will be used as the team score for the dual. The Tiger first team was made up of Collin Duckworth, Lowell Stephens, Nathan Segler, Doug Blanchard, and Fisher Kautsch, and the second team consisted of Trehern McGill, Matthew Rettinger, Tyler Swanson, Sam Shyoc, and Mark—David Ostruske.
Collin Duckworth paced the first team, shooting a two over par 73, while the low round for the Blue Jays came from Noah Birkness with a ten over par 81. The rest of the first team scores and finishes are listed below.
The second team was just 14 strokes behind the Tiger first team, shooting a collective score of 330. The low round for the Tiger 2's came from Trehern McGill, who finished in third place with a 76. The highlight of the day came from the second team's Matthew Rettinger. Rettinger stepped up on the par 4, 11th hole, which was playing down wind at 360 yards. He pulled the drive out of his bag, and hit a monstrous drive. His drive landed on the left fringe of the green, started to roll, and when it came to a stop, it was at the bottom of the cup giving him a double eagle hole in one.
Central head coach, Kyle Moody, summed up the day for the Tiger men saying, "The day got off to a bit of a rough start as most of the men were between +3 and +6 through 4 holes. We might have some opening day jitters. I was proud of the way our guys were able to settle down and fight their way back to better scores. Collin was +4 through four holes, but was able to get it back to +2 through nine and played even on the back and that was huge for him to anchor us. Lowell played steady all day long. True freshman Fisher Kautsch struggled mightily on the front nine shooting an 8-over 43 on the front, but he showed real resilience by coming back with a 39 on the back, which helped stabilize our team score. Trehern too played steady all day coming in with a 5-over 76 on the day. But the shot of the day and maybe the year came from Matt today who aced the 360-yard par for #11. He used driver from the back tees hit a draw around the trees, it took a right bounce off the left fringe and rolled into the cup! It is a once in a lifetime shot and Matt was unable to wipe the smile off of his face the rest of the day."
For the Tiger women, it was an opportunity for them to record their first team score of the season in competition. Tabor was able to only bring one golfer on the women's side so it wasn't a true dual. The Tigers were paced by junior Kari Kirl who fired a 17 over a par 88. The lone Tabor competitor shot a 132.
Moody said of the women, "On the women's side, unfortunately Tabor was unable to field a complete women's team, but I was very appreciative of Coach Jamieson and Miss Morrison for coming out and competing today. The course rating at Hesston for women is a 73.9 and the conditions today were hot and windy. Holes #1 and #18 were particularly tough in today's conditions and they each gave us trouble today. The women finished with a 375 team score lead by Kari Kirl with an 88. I think the two true freshman got a good taste of what a collegiate tournament is like today and can use it as an opportunity to learn and get better. Overall I think this was a good opener for our ladies and we will go back to practice tee this week ready to improve!"
The Tiger men will get right back on the course as they open up tournament play on Monday and Tuesday of the upcoming week at the UC Ferguson Tournament hosted by Oklahoma City University.