ABOVE: Khord Vining, business administration freshman, follows through on a drive during a tournament earlier in the season. Vining scored a
169 during Monday and Tuesday’s KCAC First Event. (Tim Jasper/Contributed photo)

By Drake Vittitow
Staff reporter

Both Moundbuilder golf teams competed in their first conference match on March 18-19 at the KCAC First Event in Wichita at Crestview Country Club. The men’s team finished sixth out of the nine teams, while the women’s team tied for fourth out of eight teams.

Daren Reed, biology junior, scored a team-low 153 and shot nine-over-par, which tied him for fourth in the tournament. 54 golfers competed altogether.

“I tried to take it one shot at a time,” Reed said. “I did not let myself get ahead mentally and it paid dividends in the end.”

For the women, Abby Bertholf, biochemistry junior, scored a team-low 175 and shot 31-over-par, which put her at eighth in the tournament. There were 42 golfers who competed.

“During the tournament, I just take advantage of my good shots,” Bertholf said. “If I focus on my good shots and salvage my bad ones, then I keep myself in a good position to place well in the match.”

The weather did not play a strong role until the second day of the tournament for both teams. The wind put the golfers in a crunch when it came to driving and chipping. Both Moundbuilder teams are no stranger to bad weather conditions. Every tournament in the spring that each team has participated in so far has been altered by the weather.

“It was a tough course to play on in the wind,” Tim Jasper, head golf coach, said. “I was proud of the way both teams competed through adversity.”

Since this was the first conference match, it was an effective way to see how all the teams in the conference match up with each other. It also helps teams pinpoint what place they will be playing near season’s end. With both team’s finishing in the middle of the pack, it will be interesting to see if both teams can make adjustments down the stretch to improve their conference placing.

Both teams are young, with none having seniors. For the men, only one has prior-conference experience. The rest are fresh faces in the KCAC. The women are loaded with seasoned veterans.

“We are a young team with a tremendous upside,” Jasper said. “Both the men’s team and the women’s team have the potential to place really high this year and in the years to come.”

Men’s Team: 321-326 – 647
Daren Reed – 76-77 – 153
Cooper Spears – 81-78 – 159
Jefferson Cook – 83-85 – 168
Bill Chongsirilak – 81-88 – 169
Khord Vining – 83-86 – 169
Women’s Team: 372-386 – 758
Abby Bertholf – 84-91 – 175
Meagan Brady – 93-91 – 184
Lauren Sieh – 96-102 – 198
Reid Green – 99-102 – 201