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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 16:00

Men’s Golf Opens Season at Evangel

Alex Zuzelski finished a team best T-13 at the Evangel Fall Invite Alex Zuzelski finished a team best T-13 at the Evangel Fall Invite

SPRINGFIELD, Mo – The Baker University men's golf team opened up the 2013 Fall season at the Evangel University Fall Invitational at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo.

The 54-hole tournament (36 holes Monday and 18 holes Tuesday) featured hot, humid, and dry conditions for all three rounds as seven varsity squads and three JV squads competed.

NAIA nationally ranked Bethany University won the tournament over second-place NCAA D-II Rockhurst University, while the Baker varsity team finished fifth.

Seniors Alex Zuzelski (T-13) and Andy Kelley (T-24) led the way, while sophomore Grant Grego sandwiched a second round 74 around two rounds of 82 and 84.

Junior Kelley Thompson shot a respectable first-round 78 and then struggled in the other rounds to shoot 82 and 81.

Freshman Chad Phillips rounded out the varsity squad with a tough first-round 86 and then more stable rounds of 82 each.

The JV was led by another freshman, Kyle Fecteau who played strong golf on Monday with rounds of 78 and 75 before a tough final round of 86 to finish T-28.

"It was good to get a tournament under our belts which clarified what we need to work on as a team and as individuals" Baker head golf coach Karen Exon said. "Clearly mental toughness and consistency as it applies to golf course management are the key areas where we need improvement.

"I feel certain that we will settle down in practice the rest of the week and do a better job of playing within ourselves and in the moment next Sunday afternoon and Monday morning at our own Fall invitational."

Baker will host its Fall Invitational next Sunday, Sept. 15 and Monday, Sept. 16 at the Falcon Ridge Golf Course in Lenexa, Kan.

Team Results
Team                           1st       2nd      3rd       Final Scores
Bethany College         303      292      299           894
Rockhurst                   299      297      305           901
Culver-Stockton         318      300      301           919
Evangel                      310      315      316           941
Baker                         319      308      323           950
Missouri Valley           334      307      319           960
Avila                           349      328      347          1,024

Baker Varsity Individuals
Alex Zuzelski             77        75        80             232 T-13
Andy Kelley               82        77        80             239 T-24
Grant Grego              82        74        84             240 T-28
Kelley Thompson      78        82        81             241 31
Chad Phillips             86        82        82             250 T-34

Baker JV Individuals
Kyle Fecteau            78        75        86              239 T-24
Aaron Stewart          88        79        86              253 43
Zach Pickett             93        83        82              258 46
Ryan Thompson      98        92       100             290 54
Hunter Thomas      105       92         97             294 55

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