The Twins Oaks Intercollegiate was cut short after storms created unplayable conditions.
The Missouri State men’s team was on the 12th hole of the third round of the match when the tournament officials blew the horn to stop play due to lightning. Teams were never able to get back on the course because of the rain, so all third-round scores were eliminated.
Only rounds one and two from Monday, March 11, counted towards the final standings. Missouri State placed third, +5 with a score of 573. SIU Edwardsville and Drake tied at -3 and a score of 565 for first place.
Senior Brad Carpenter was tied for third and shot one stroke under after day one’s 36 holes.
“I was a little disappointed,” Carpenter said. “But I birdied the last two holes and chipped in the last hole. That gave me some confidence going into Tuesday’s round.”
Carpenter said he felt as though the course was very scorable, but he and his teammates didn’t take advantage as they should have.
Tuesday’s round came with much tougher conditions: more rain, more wind and lower temperatures.
Round three was off to a good start for the Bears. They knew they had some ground to cover in order to catch SIU Edwardsville and Drake.
Carpenter was -4 thru 11 on Tuesday and was very frustrated when the match ended abruptly, and the scores didn’t count.
“Honestly, I was slightly disappointed with the first day and even more disappointed that we didn’t have the chance to turn it around on day two,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter said it all boils down the conference tournament and the disappointment from the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate will fuel their motivation to play well in the matches to come. Carpenter said he has no doubts about this year’s team.
“We’ve got a veteran squad who has proven that we can win and shoot low scores,” Carpenter said. “Our expectations are pretty high for this season.”