The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team repeated as champions for the second-straight tournament and the women won their first tourney of the season last weekend at the Hardscrabble Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
The Lion men made up a nine-stroke deficit and won over Arkansas-Fort Smith by three strokes, shooting 4-under par in Tuesday’s final round. The Lions completed the event at 852 (289-287-276, +12).
Blake Hartford made up seven spots on the individual leaderboard to claim his first championship of the season at even par 210. He shot a 3-under par 67 in Tuesday’s final round with five birdies. The championship gives Hartford his first top five finish and third top 10 finish of the season.
Lucas McCubbin earned all-tournament honors in fourth place at 212 (72-72-68, +2), shooting a 2-under par round on Tuesday with four birdies. The performance marks his third top five finish and fourth top 10 placement of the year.
Zach Burchtied for 10th at 215 (72-70-73, +5), scattering four birdies through his round Tuesday. Burch earned his third top 10 finish of the season.
Garrett Landers shot even par Tuesday and placed 15th at 217, while Jonathon Welch finished in 17th at 218 with a 1-over par round Tuesday. Joe Wolcik wrapped up his tournament with an even par round Tuesday.
The Lion women shot 887 (294-297-296, +347) to take a 24-stroke victory over host institution Arkansas-Fort Smith.
Sarah Wongsinth earned her first collegiate medalist win, shooting an even par score of 210 for the 54-hole event to win by three strokes over the second place finisher, and 13 strokes over the third place finisher. She shot a 1-under par 69 on Tuesday, with four birdies in the round. Wongsinth has now finished in the top five in five of the season’s nine events and in the top 10 in eight events.
Sophie-Charlott Hempel earned all-tournament honors, placing third for her first top five finish and second top 10 finish of the season. She shot a 223 (71-74-78, +13) in the event.
Paige-Lee Garris earned her fourth top 10 finish of the season, placing 10th on the leaderboard at 228 (76-76-76, +18). Makena Thomas placed 13th at 230, Lauren Leslie placed 17th at 234, and Lauren Bentley placed 24th at 237.
The women’s team competed in nine events this season and earned a team championship in at least one event for the third straight year. A&M-Commerce finished in the top five in the team standings of every event in 2018-19.
The Lions now turn their attention to the postseason, with the Lone Star Conference Championships held on April 22-23 at the Diamondback Golf Club in Abilene.