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Men’s golf struggles in Round 1

October 25th, 2011 No comments

The Mustangs are the only DII team participating in the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate hosted by NMSU and round one was a bit of a struggle for the Stangs but they improved by 17 shots in round 2 to jump from last place to a tie for 11th ahead of Nebraska and Rice University. The Mustangs fired a 306 in round one followed by a 5 over par 289 in round 2 leaving the Mustangs at +27; UNLV leads the team standings at -25.

Patrick Beyhan played more to form to lead the Mustangs with rounds of 74-73 as he is tied for 36th individually. David Metz rebounded in round 2 with a 1 under 70 after a 79 to open play and is in 49th. Evan Littlefield improved by 6 shots with a 72 to go with his opening 78 while Michael Lopez posted scores of 77-74 and Michael O’Connor, reigning RMAC POTW in men’s golf struggled with 77-78.

The Mustangs conclude play today in Las Cruces.

Way to go Michael!!

October 13th, 2011 No comments

Michael O’Connor was named the RMAC Golfer of the Week for his 1st place finish at the RMAC #3 tournament. Michael shot 67-71-72 to tie for first. Good job for a true freshman; watch out RMAC, he and the Mustangs are for real!!

Men’s golf drops to 4th at RMAC #3

October 11th, 2011 No comments

RMAC #3 saw some very low scores both individually and in team play over the early part of the week including some very good play by the Mustangs. After the first two rounds the Mustangs were -6 just 5 strokes out of first and in 3rd by just a stroke over Greg Pool’s favorite RMAC opponent, CSU Pueblo. Freshman Michael O’Connor led the tourney at -6 as well with fellow Frosh Evan Littlefield at -3. Patrick Beyhan was -1. The Mustangs were poised to make a big move on the last day.

But the third round held some problems for the Mustangs as a team despite Michael firing a 72 to tie for individual honors with Kyle Grassel of Mines, who won the team title at -9 to nip Springs and stay easily ahead of Pueblo. Beyhan shot another even par 72 to finish tied for 12th while Evan struggled with an 81 to fall to 23rd place. David Metz couldn’t follow up last week’s performance as the top Mustang shooting 76, 75, 77 while Kenny Maroney fired a 75 to go with 79/74.

The Mustangs are pretty deep and fielded a very young team this week so a 4th place finish is pretty solid but I know they feel like they let it get away and if they can get everyone playing well at the same time; well four of them each day at least, watch out; they are there to compete with anyone.

Men’s golf solid in AZ

October 6th, 2011 No comments

WNMU men’s golf competed against some of the best teams in the Western Region in Phoenix Monday and Tuesday coming away with a 10th place finish. The team scores were consistent for the Mustangs as they fired 298 the first 2 rounds and a 299 in the final round good enough to move past host Grand Canyon on the final day but not good enough to catch MSU-Billings. David Metz had one of his better tournaments as a Stang firing 73-71-76 to tie for 24th individually. That’s the kind of performance you need out of your #5 player; but our top 2 players weren’t as good as usual. Patrick Beyhan was consistent but not up to his normal standards with 75-76-76 to tie for 45th while Ryan Pitzel carded rounds of 76-77-78 to tie for 64th. Generally these two guys play much better. Michael O’Connor, #3 this time for the Stangs shot the low round of the day on day 3 with a 69 to go with 74-79 putting him in a tie for 31st; Oscar Sachs rounded out the Mustang scoring with 76-74-79; the Stangs could have easily cut 12-13 strokes off of their tournament score to move up a couple of spots but nonetheless this is a pretty good outing for the purple and gold and shows that if they get at least 4 of them playing solidly each day; they can play with anyone in the region…

Only 2 RMAC teams topped the Stangs- Springs in 2nd and Pueblo in 8th… the Stangs will be back on the course at RMAC #3 this Monday and Tuesday, 10th/11th, in Lakewood CO at Racoon Creek Golf Club

Lady Stangs can’t come back…

October 4th, 2011 No comments

Coach Beatty is a master at motivation but even the best can’t always come up with the desired outcomes, sometimes it’s just not your day. The Lady Stangs dropped a spot after day 2 play concluded finishing 11th in the NSIC/RMAC #3 tournament in Omaha NE. The Lady Stangs fired a 346 on day 2, five shots worse than their first day score allowing Adams State to slip by for 10th place by one stroke. Scores remained high at the tournament with first place Augustana carding a 625 team score and individual winner Allie Ostrander shooting 77-76 to best her teammate Maggie Leland in a playoff. Faylyn shot 84 to go with a round one 82 to lead the Lady Stangs followed by Haley with 85/84; Arrianna 84/90; Katie 90/88; Bianca 93/91. It was a tough outing for the powerhouse Lady Stangs who concluded their fall season with this tournament. The Lady Stangs will be on the course next for the NM Collegiate Cup hosted by WNMU at Sierra Del Rio GC in Elephant Butte NM beginning February 4th 2012. Make your plans now!

Lady Stangs struggle as play suspended on day 1

October 3rd, 2011 No comments

Day one of play at the RMAC/NSIC Crossover in Omaha NE was suspended with a couple of teams still on the course; maybe that would have been good for the Lady Stangs had they been one of those teams. Scores were high all over the board on a tough course at Tiburon; Faylyn Beyale is tied for 14th spot after shooting an 82 while current RMAC POTW Arrianna Estratda is in 28th place with an 84. The low round of the day, among those that finished play was 76. The Lady Stangs currently sit in 10th place of the 18 teams at 341, 25 shots out of first place, which is held by Augustana College. Among RMAC teams WNMU is behind 3 teams, Pueblo, Regis and Colorado Mesa but ahead of Christian, Adams State, Chadron State and Kearney (one of two teams not to finish). Don’t count the Lady Stangs out yet; we saw Arrianna come back with a tournament low 73 last week and all of the girls are capable of shaving lots of strokes of their score.

Way to go Lady Stangs!!!

September 28th, 2011 No comments

It was much closer than expected but the Lady Stangs roared from behind to take the title at the RMAC #2 hosted by Chadron State. The Lady Stangs found themselves in 3rd place after round 1, trailing Adams State and Colorado Mesa by 5 and 1 stroke respectively. 5 strokes doesn’t seem like much but it is; yet Arrianna Estrada led the 2nd day charge with a 73 after shooting an 82 on Monday. She ended in a tie for first place with teammate Faylyn Beyale who improved by 3 shots to card a 76 on Tuesday. Haley Raymond was close behind at 157 on a solid 79-78 performance. Bianca Dominguez tied for 22nd at 84-89 and Katie Moats shot 85-93 which was good for 32nd place.

The Stangs will be back on the course in NE Sunday when they participate in the RMAC #3/NSIC Crossover hosted by Nebraska Omaha.

Men’s golf concludes RMAC #2

September 27th, 2011 No comments

The Mustangs finished 5th out of 21 teams in the NSIC/RMAC Crossover in Gothenburg NE. The tournament also served as the RMAC #2 event for conference schools. Unfortunately 3 RMAC teams finished ahead of the Stangs in the team standings; UCCS, Mines and Pueblo. They were all able to get solid rounds in the low 70’s from at least 3 of their players each day to stay ahead of the Mustangs who had to count 2 scores in the mid to high 70’s each day.

Patrick Beyhan paced Western with another strong individual performance finishing 2nd just 3 shots back of Jim Knous of Mines. Beyhan fired rounds of 75, 71 & 69 to match 2 of Knous’ scores; it was a second round 68 that pushed Knous ahead of Patrick. Ryan Pitzel, 29th overall, posted 2 solid scores, 72 & 73 but sandwiched an 81 in between; Michael O’Conner, 47th, fired 74, 77 & 79; Ben Nelson, 50th, got off to a slow start with an 83 but recovered with 73 & 75 and Mike Lopez, 60th, was consistent at 79, 78 & 77.

The Mustangs will be back on the course Oct. 3-4 in Phoenix for the Grand Canyon Fall Invitational to be held at the Wigwam Golf Course (Gold).

Lady Stangs golf improves but can’t overcome…

September 19th, 2011 No comments

… the big lead Colorado Mesa built on the first day. The Lady Stangs remained in 2nd place, 8 strokes behind the day one leaders and 20 strokes ahead of Adams State College, the host team. Coach Beatty’s overnight advice and encouragement lead the Western team to the low round of the day, 318 but they couldn’t catch CMU. Haley Raymond was able to get on track and scorch the course in 74 shots to finish in 2nd. Jennifer Hills of CMU put a 73 on the board with her first round 75 to take medalist honors.

Faylyn Beyale remained consistent, 78-79 to hold on to 4th while Katie Moats was also one stroke worse than yesterday’s score, 80-81. Arriana Estrada matched her first round 84 but the big move of the day went to Bianca Dominguez who was able to shave 6 strokes off today and post an 85. Nice job by the ladies, who no doubt will take Coach Beatty’s words of advice to heart and be ready to trample the competition next time.

Lady Stangs off to a slow start

September 19th, 2011 No comments

The Lady Stangs got off to a slow start in the Grizzly Invitational yesterday. Colorado Mesa boasted the top 2 individual scores in the first round as Jessica Berve and Jennifer Hillts fired 74 and 75 respectively to lead their team to a 10 stroke day one lead over the purple and gold. Faylyn Beyale posted a 78 to top the Lady Stangs efforts and sit in 3rd place overall. Haley Raymond was the only other Stang to break 80 as she put up a 79. Katie Moats wasn’t far behind at 80 and Arriana Estrada rounded out the team score with an 84. Bianca Dominguez struggled to a 91. Play will conclude today in Alamosa.