THACKERVILLE — East Central University sophomore Bryeson Lance fired a 5-under-par 67 and finished in a two-way tie for fifth place in leading the Tigers to fifth in the final team standings at the 2010 Lone Star Conference Golf Championships which wrapped up Tuesday at the par-72 WinStar Course.
Lance, from Sulphur, finished with an impressive 6-under 210 for the three-day, three-round tournament. After shooting a 75 in Sunday’s opening round, he came back with a 4-under 68 on Monday before going 5-under on Tuesday as he earned all-conference honors.
He tied Midwestern State’s Travis Klutts for fifth place as that pair was only five shots off the pace for the three rounds, set by Abilene Christian’s Cyril Bouniol and Alex Carpenter. Both finished with an 11-under 205. Carpenter recorded a 6-under 66 on Tuesday and Bouniol ended play with a 69 as they fueled the Wildcats to the team championship.
Lance had a bogey-free round on Tuesday as he birdied holes No. 1, 8, 9, 12 and 13. He finished the three rounds with 11 birdies and reached par on 38 holes during the event. He also topped the par-3 scoring chart at minus-3 and was one of four participants to have the third-best par-4 scoring effort.
Teammate Zac Pool struggled a bit, finishing his third round with a 76 and going 3-over (219) for the tournament, which placed him in 17th overall. Pool, who began the day tied for seventh, opened play on Sunday with a 73 and posted his best round on Monday with a 2-under-70.
Pool, a senior from Poteau, finished with a total of 10 birdies for the three rounds.
ECU sophomore Jeff Weisheit also registered his best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 68 as he surged from a tie for 38th place after Monday’s second round to a tie for 22nd to finish. Weisheit opened play with a 78 on Sunday and followed with a 76 on Monday as he finished at 6-over (222) for the three rounds.
Teammate and freshman Travis Keeley also had his best round of the tourney on Tuesday with an even-par 72. That came after an 80 and 73 in the first two rounds as he finished at 9-over (225).
In his final LSC Tournament, Tiger senior Michael Vassella finished with a 12-over 228 for 43rd place. He also had his best round on Tuesday with a 2-over 74 after carving out a 76 and 78 in the two opening rounds.
ACU, with a 12-under 852 score, won the team title by four strokes over second-place Midwestern State (856). Central Oklahoma, which had the third and fourth best individuals of the tournament (Andrew Green and Zach Cleland), took third place with an 858 and Cameron was only one shot back at 859.
ECU ended up with a team score of 870 for fifth place (6-over for the tournament), which was one shot better than Northeastern State (871). Southwestern Oklahoma State (879), Texas A&M-Commerce (886), West Texas A&M (903) and Southeastern Oklahoma State (904) rounded out the 10-team field.
ECU women settle for eighth place as LSC Golf Championships wrap up
THACKERVILLE — East Central University’s Lady Tigers settled for eighth place as the 2010 Lone Star Conference Women’s Golf Championships wrapped up its three-day, three-round run Tuesday at the par-72 WinStar Course.
The Lady Tigers posted a team score of 316 on Tuesday and finished at 978 for the three rounds. That 316 was one stroke worse than Monday’s 315, which was the best team round in the short three-year history of the ECU women’s golf program.
Tarleton State captured the team title with a score of 903, followed by West Texas A&M (907), Angelo State (912), Central Oklahoma (922), Northeastern State (932), Cameron (941), Midwestern State (949), ECU, Texas A&M-Commerce (989) and Southwestern Oklahoma State (1035).
Central Oklahoma’s Cassy Knight earned medalist honors after firing a 2-under-par 70 in Tuesday’s third and final round. She was even-par for the tournament after shooting a 74 on Sunday and a 72 on Monday. She edged out Angelo State’s Raelyn Smith by two shots as Smith posted a 77-68-73 to finish at 2-over for the three rounds. Tarleton State’s Katy Ward was third at 3-over after posting rounds of 77-70-72.
ECU’s best finish came from freshman Carol Blanton, who tied for 32nd place with a 244 (28-over for the tournament). Blanton’s best round came on Tuesday as she fired a 3-over 75 after registering a 90-79 in the first two rounds.
Blanton’s teammates Ashley Cardwell and Emily Wharton tied for 34th place at 245 (29-over). Cardwell, who had a team-leading four birdies in the event, finished with an 88-80-77 for the three rounds while Wharton posted an 88-75-82. Wharton finished with 29 pars in the three-day event.
Also for the Lady Tigers, Megan Dutton finished 38th with a 249 (33-over) after registering 18-hole totals of 82-83-84 and Whitney McDaniel tied for 42nd with a 252 (36-over) after putting up scores of 89-81-82.