SHSU golf teams bring home trophies, break school records

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Albert Minor and Shelby Harday led the Berakat men’s and women’s golf teams to bring trophies home to Sam Houston in recent tournaments.

The Bearkat men finished first overall at the Wallace Jones Invitational at the Calvert Crossing Course in Calhoun, La., finishing with a three round total of 905 (+41). In second place was Missouri-Kansas City at 908 (+44). Oklahoma City finished third at 909 (+45). This marked the second tournament win for Sam Houston head coach Brant Kieschnick.

Albert Minor was the individual medalist, finishing first overall with a tournament record tying first round of 70 on the par 72 course. Minor shot a second round 75 and third round 74. At the end he prevailed after a thrilling playoff against Oklahoma State’s Sam Lee and Brad Gehl to achieve his number one ranking.

Other Bearkats who placed were Logan Boatner, who finished 12th and JT Taylor, who placed 17th. The Bearkat men’s next tournament will be the Southland Conference Championship, starting Apr. 22.

The Bearkat women’s golf team completed their final tournament of the season at the Southland Conference Championship. They finished second along with Oral Roberts with a three round total of 898. Lamar finished first in the team category with a three round total of 891.

The story of the tournament for Sam Houston was Shelby Hardy. The senior shot the best 54-hole total in Sam Houston women’s golf history to take the individual championship. She finished with a Southland and school record three round score of 212. She was the only golfer in the field to break par the first two days.

Hardy’s first round 68 tied the Bearkat record for lowest round at the conference tournament. It is her third tournament win this season which ties a school record and upped her career total to six tournament titles, another school record.

“I’m just really proud to say I finished my career with the win. These four years have gone by so fast and it feels great to go out with the win,” Hardy said. “I was just trying to stick with every shot like it was my last and focus on the task ahead of me.”

The senior is the third individual medalist in Bearkat women’s golf history after Raman Saran took home the title in 2004 and Stefani Page won it in 2007.

“I’m so proud of our four seniors that gave it their all for their final tournament of their careers,” Kieschnick said. “I told Shelby that this is one of my proudest days as a Bearkat. She played like a professional and every shot was like her last. She had her head down for 54 holes and played one of the best tournaments I’ve ever seen from a college player.”

Senior Meghan Musk finished 12th individually with a score of 226. She rallied from a first round 82 by shooting the low round (70) on the final day of the tournament, becoming the only golfer to break par for the weekend in the process.

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