Coach Kent Beatty prepares for a lot of changes in the upcoming season and in WNMU golf but one thing’s for sure, his teams will be very competitive in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Coach Beatty will see a lot of new faces on both teams and the RMAC will move to the a different region in the NCAA which will have the Stangs competing with schools out of Texas and Oklahoma in the post season. In the pre-season balloting amongst RMAC coaches, WNMU’s men’s team finished 4th, receiving 2 first place votes and the Lady Stangs were chosen as the favorites to win the RMAC, despite getting only 3 first place votes. The Mustang men finished 2nd in the conference last season as did the Lady Stangs.
Bianca Dominguez, So. from Deming NM, was selected to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Dominguez looks to improve on a solid debut after posting a 90 scoring average in her first collegiate campaign. The Lady Stangs’ roster will be tight this year as perennial number one player, Faylyn Beyale, Sr Fruitland NM, suffered a knee injury that will keep her off the course for most of the fall season.
The men’s team will also be reloading with several new faces joining the roster including local area golfers Brendan Shannon, Silver City and Buzz Perales of Deming. Both had stellar high school careers and expect to see lots of playing time as they bring that success to WNMU. The men open their season September 17th at the RMAC #1 tournament hosted by Colorado Mesa University. The women will open the same weekend also at the RMAC #1 hosted by Adams State College in Alamosa.
WNMU women’s golf improved from 19th to 16th place after the final round of the Red Rocks Invitational Golf Tournament hosted by Northern Arizona University. WNMU’s team score in round 2 was 13 strokes better than their opening round 344. Eastern Michigan took the team title with rounds of 305 & 298; the 298 was the only score under 305 out of the 20 teams competing. Caitlin McReary of Seattle University took top individual honors with rounds of 72 and 75.
For the Mustangs Faylyn Beyale matched her opening round 79 to finish in 24th place. Hayley Raymond finished with an 84, two strokes better than her first round score tied for 78th. Arrianna Estrada was close behind with 88-85 followed by Bianca Dominguez. Dominguez, a former Deming Wildcat, shot an 83 after opening with a 94. Katie Moats carded an 87 to go with her first round 91 to round out the Mustang scoring. While the rounds may not seem impressive, Oakcreek Country Club is a very difficult course; the average round was 83 for the tournament with tough weather conditions on day 1.
WNMU Lady Stangs golf battled tough conditions and tough competition in Day 1 action at the Red Rocks Invitational hosted by Northern Arizona University. The tournament features a number of Division 1 teams with WNMU among the only DII teams competing. WNMU is in 19th place after the first 18 holes. Faylyn Beyale leads the Mustangs with a first round 79 and is in a tie for 29th place overall. Haley Raymond shot an 86 followed by Arrianna Estrada with an 88. Katie Moats added a 91 and Bianca Dominguez carded a 94 to round out the Mustang scoring. Eastern Michigan leads the tournament by 4 strokes over Seattle and 7 over Xavier. Play concludes today.
Heavy rain kept WNMU and several other teams from completing play in round 2 of the Coyote Classic; WNMU used the delay to regroup and finish strong on Tuesday to move from 10th to 7th place in the 17 team tournament. Hosted by CSU-San Bernardino, the tournament features some of the best schools in the NCAA including WNMU.
After posting an opening round 301 in tough conditions, WNMU rebounded in round 2 for a team total 295 and had their best score in round 3 with a 287 which was the 4th best round of the day. Michael O’Connor led the Mustangs with rounds of 74-72-72 finishing in a tie for 20th place individually. Kenny Maroney was just one stroke back carding scores of 78-73-68; Patrick Beyhan recovered from an opening round 76 to add rounds of 75-71 finishing in 32nd. Ben Nelson was steady with 75-75-76 and Michael Lopez shot 76-76-79 to round out the Mustang scoring.
Chico State ran away with the tournament posting a team score of 845 as compared to WNMU’s 883. Grand Canyon finished 2nd at 864. WNMU will see many of these teams in the NCAA Super Regionals later this season. The Stangs will have a couple of weeks off before heading to Albuquerque for the Mustang Intercollegiate at UNM Championship Golf Course on March 19-20.
Former WNMU Mustang Scott Crichton continues to play well for the Scottish Amateur Golf Team as they winter in South Africa. Crichton opened play in February at the South African Stroke Play Championship against a star studded international amateur field. Crichton played solidly posting scores of 69-74-71-71 to finish in 6th place just 5 strokes behind tournament winner Haydn Porteous. Crichton’s final round 71 was the 3rd lowest round of the day in windy, rainy conditions, something he should be familiar with growing up in Scotland.
The following week Crichton lead the Scottish team in a head to head match with the South African Team in a format similar to that of the Ryder Cup. The Scots reclaimed the Leopard Cup which South Africa had held for two years. Crichton went undefeated in four matches, two with a partner and two in singles; all four matches came down to the last 2 holes and Crichton was able to put his opponents away. His wins were key as Scotland won by only 2 points, 11 1/2 to 9 1/2.
This week Scott is competing in the South African Match Play championship. He recovered from a first round 75 to shoot 68 in the second round of stroke play qualifying. That come back got him into the match play bracket as a top 32 qualifier; 142 players teed it up in round one trying to qualify. Scott faces teammate Brian Soutar in today’s matches.
Crichton and the Scottish team are in South Africa for 8 weeks as part of their winter program. They will return to Europe in March and get ready for the Order of Merit play on the Continent.
WNMU men’s golf is getting an early taste of just how tough it will be to qualify for nationals in the NCAA Super Region later this year as they are facing many of the top teams in the CSU San Bernardino Coyote Classic. The Mustangs sit in 10th place after completion of the first round of play firing a team score of 301, sixteen strokes behind tournament leading Chico State at 285.
WNMU did not play particularly well on the 6500 yard par 70 Arrowhead CC layout. Michael O’Connor paced the Stangs with a 74 followed closely by Ben Nelson with a 75. Patrick Beyhan and Michael Lopez each fired a 76 to account for the Mustangs team total while Kenny Maroney carded a 78. The Mustangs are in 10th place in the 17 team tournament that concludes today.
It was beautiful weather for the annual Cactus Thaw Collegiate Invitational in Silver City and WNMU took advantage of not only the good weather but also local course knowledge to finish 2nd and 3rd in the 8 team event. Coach Kent Beatty has a deep and talented but young squad this year and fielded two teams in order to get more players experience as the Mustangs shoot for a return trip to the NCAA regionals. The team finished 9th out of 23 teams last season and would like to improve on that finish.
They are certainly off to a solid start as the Mustang ‘A’ team finished second behind defending National Champion and current #1 ranked South Mountain CC in the two day event. SMCC fired an even par 568 to take top team honors. Jimmy Kozikowski of SMCC finished first individually with a 6 under par 136. Teammate Ian Patterson was one stroke behind at 137.
Then came a host of Mustangs. Patrick Beyhan opened with a 69 but struggled with inconsistent putting on day two carding a 71. Michael Lopez, playing on the Mustang ‘B’ squad carded rounds of 68-74 to take fourth place. Michael O’Connor posted scores of 70-74 to stand alone in fifth while Kenny Maroney was consistent with scores of 73-72 and ended tied for 6th place. Ben Nelson was the last Mustang in the top 10 with rounds of 75-73.
Other results for WNMU: Oscar Sachs 74-75 (12th); David Metz 76-73 (12th); Anders Friman 78-74 (17th); Ryan Pitzel 76-78 (18th); Ted Flores 86-83 (39th). While South Mountain took top team honors, WNMU’s teams finished in second and third. Rounding out the team standings: Mesa CC, Grand Canyon University, Chandler-Gilbert CC, NMMI, UTEP.
WNMU men’s golf completed day one of the annual Cactus Thaw tournament in Silver City sitting in 2nd and 3rd place. WNMU fielded two teams for the 8 team event played at Silver Fairways and got solid outings from everyone. South Mountain CC sits in first place with a cumulative -1 score while WNMU (A) is at +3 and WNMU (B) is in third at +12. Grand Canyon +16, Mesa CC +21, Chandler -Gilbert CC +29, NMMI +35 and UTEP +39 round out the field.
Jimmy Kozikowski, South Mountain, leads in the individual standings at -5 firing a 66 on the modified par 71 Silver Fairways course. Mustangs Mike Lopez and Patrick Beyhan are right behind at -3 and -2 respectively with Mike O’Connor in 5th place after recording a -1 70 in round one play. All three are competing on the WNMU (A) squad. South Mountain’s Ian Patterson is tied for 3rd with Beyhan at -2 to round out the top five individual scorers. The course may be short but the best players have a tough time reading the greens and understanding the intricacies of course management; putting your shot in the right place to go for the pin. The day saw a lot of good players record double and even triple bogies on their scorecards as many players tried to over power the course.
Other Mustangs competing in the tournament, which concludes with morning play today, are Kenny Maroney WNMU (A) 73; Ben Nelson (A) 75; David Metz (A) 76; Oscar Sachs WNMU (B) 74; Ryan Pitzel (B) 76; Anders Friman (B) 28; and Ted Flores (B) 86.
The WNMU women were scheduled to compete as well but the opposing women’s teams all canceled at the last minute.
Former Mustang Joon Lee has earned his Asian Professional Golf Tour player’s card. Lee played not only very well but very consistently in making the difficult run through the various qualifying rounds known as Q-school. In the final tournament of Q-School, Lee fired rounds of 67-71-71-72 to finish tied for 12th place; that’s out of a record 599 entries when Q-school started. Lee was only 7 shots behind winner David Lipsky who fired rounds of 72-65-69-68.
The Asian Tour is the only recognized PGA Tour in the Asian theater. The Asian Tour sanctions between 28 and 30 events per year with a total purse exceeding $39 million. Several tournaments draw the top players from around the world including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson and many top European PGA players. Former Asian Tour players now competing on the PGA Tour include Y. E. Yang, K. J. Choi and Charlie Wi.
Joon player for WNMU for 2 years in 2008-9 and 2009-10. He had a career scoring average of just over 73 and recorded 7 top 10 finishes before he moved on to NMSU and won the prestigious Herb Wimberly Invitational. Lee of course credits WNMU Mustang Coach Kent Beatty with teaching him the intricacies of the game and the keys to winning tournaments.
Coach Beatty continued to work his motivational magic before round 3 in Las Cruces as the Mustangs faced one of the toughest fields of the season at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate golf tournament; the Stangs were the only DII team in the 14 team field. The Mustangs finished in 11th beating Nebraska, Weber State and Rice; only 1 stroke behind Northern Colorado and 4 strokes behind UTEP. UNLV won the tourney with an 818 score; the Stangs finished at 882.
Patrick Beyhan fired his best round of the tournament, as did 3 of the 5 Mustangs, in the final round, an even par 71 to move up to 30th place individually. Patrick was 5 over par at 218; first place was 14 under par. Evan Littlefied tied the low round for the Stangs with a one under 70; David Metz was also even par yesterday after a one under round during 2nd round play; he and Evan shot 220 which tied them for 38th. Michael Lopez was consistent with a 75, 226 for a 59th place finish and Michael O’Connor just couldn’t get it going also shooting 75, his best round of the tourney, for a 230 and 74th place finish.
That’s a pretty strong outing for the Mustangs going against some of the top players in collegiate golf. No doubt the Stangs could have and should have finished in the top 10; which one of the guys can’t say they missed a put or two; and I’m sure they’d like to have a better first round. But now they’ll make a push towards the spring as they hone their games over the break; the Stangs get back to play on 2/4/12 in TorC at the New Mexico Collegiate Cup, hosted by WNMU.