Published 3/20/2013 in Sports
Broncbusters' golf team finishes strong to place fourth at Midland tourney
By ADAM HOLT
After some ups and downs on Monday, the Garden City Community College golf team rebounded Tuesday to finish fourth at the Omega Treating Chemical Invitational at Green Tree Country Club in Midland, Texas.
The Broncbusters were sitting in fifth entering the final round before shooting a 286 to pass New Mexico Military Institute and lock up fourth. The teams played 36 holes Monday before finishing up 18 on Tuesday.
Garden City's second-round 311 was the third worst round any of the six teams shot in the 54-hole tournament. Their third-round 286 was the third best round any team.
"I wasn't the happiest guy yesterday, with how we played that second 18," GCCC coach Phil Terpstra said in a telephone interview. "So I was interested to see how they'd come back, and they did, they responded real well."
Host Midland was easily the top finisher, with an 846. Odessa was in second at 868, and Hutchinson rounded out the top three with an 898. All three were ranked in the top 20 nationally at the end of the fall.
Each team's top four scores counted, and the Busters' quartet of Will Paulsell, Zach Dunlap, Trey Fankhouser and Matthew LeGrange all had their best round on Tuesday, helping GCCC to its round of 2-under-par.
"That's the best 18-hole score we had, last year and this year," Terpstra said. "It was just nice to see."
Paulsell finished 10th individually with a 3-over 219. Dunlap was tied for 17th at 226, Fankhouser tied for 25th at 231 and LeGrange was 29th at 233.
In that final round, Paulsell and Fankhouser each shot 2-under 70s, Dunlap shot a 1-under 71 and LeGrange responded with a 3-over 75, after shooting 77 and 81 in his first two rounds.
"I think the biggest thing was we just putted better," Terpstra said. "A couple of the guys, they also avoided the big scores. Yesterday, in the second round, we had some sevens, some eights, some triples. We didn't have any of those today with our top four."
Terpstra said the Busters finished out their rounds better as well, with their top four getting seven birdies over the final four holes. That was much appreciated for a group that has at times struggled down the stretch.
"And we finished a lot better, too, than the last four or five holes (in other tournaments)," Terpstra staid. "Kinda been a little bit of a trend that in the fall, we don't play the last three, four, five holes that good."
Texas golfers swept the top three individual finishes, with Midland's David Ryan in first (6-under 210), Sean Nee in second (3-under 213) and Midland's Blake Broroman and Odessa's Cody Taylor tied for third with 2-under 214s.
Garden City had three other golfers in the top 40, with Camrin Nissen shooting a 240, Boone Wells a 250 and Nicholas Mann with a 254.
NMMI finished fifth in the team standings with a 914, while Trinidad State (Colo.) was in sixth at 942.
The Busters next play on Sunday and Monday in the first KJCCC designated tournament of the spring.Salina Municipal Golf Course in Salina.
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