The LeTourneau University women’s golf team lowered its score by 13 strokes in Tuesday’s final round of the Tyler Junior College Spring Invitational en route to a fifth-place finish.
The YellowJackets were able to three golfers in the top 21 including senior Sydney Cash, who posted a final round 91 to share 20th with 188 (97-91). Freshman Kristen Boone and sophomore Melanie Pedigo tied for 21st with 189. Freshman Faith Williams made a five-stroke improvement in the final round for a 98 for a 36-hole total of 201 (103-98). Junior Alisa Wilson closed out her round with a pair of birdies en route to a 207. As an individual, senior Kaitlynn Conway lowered her score by nine strokes to finish 33rd.
Anya Anders of Tyler Junior College won the individual portion of the tournament with a 150 (76-74), and Redlands Community College took home the team title with a 632 (314-318).
The next tournament for LeTourneau is the Loyola University Classic in New Orleans, Mar. 7-8 before coming back home to host LeTourneau Spring Classic, Mar. 14-15 at Pinecrest Country Club in Longview.
The LeTourneau University men’s golf team finished fifth after shooting a final round 315 at the Tyler Junior College Spring Invitational on Tuesday.
The YellowJackets posted a 36-hole total of 627 (312-315) which was ahead of ASC member Howard Payne and the rest of the other four-year schools in the field. Host Tyler Junior College won the tournament with a 574 (280-294) for a 10-stroke victory over McLennan Community College.
Sophomore Daniel Kay led the YellowJackets in the final round with an eight-stroke improvement 76 (+4) that included a pair of birdies. Kay finished the tournament with a 160 (84-76) to move into a tie for 34th. Two strokes behind Kay on Tuesday was senior Houston Moore, who shot a 78 with a pair of birdies, too. Moore was the top individual for LeTourneau with a 153 (75-78) en route to a 15th-place finish.
On Tuesday, junior Seth Walters recorded a 79 and sophomores Chris Clark, and Mason Terry shot an 82 and 83, respectively. Walters finished the tournament with a 157 (78-79) to share 27th, Clark and Terry each posted a 162 to share 37th.
Tyler Junior College Clayton Keck moved up from fourth to win the individual title with a two-under 70 in the final round and 36-hole total of 141 (71-70).
The American Southwest Conference announced its annual award winners for men’s basketball on Monday (Feb. 29) with five players from the LeTourneau University men’s basketball team earning conference recognition.
“Our team is a true team’s team as individual awards are not the focus, but it is an honor to see several of our players recognized for their achievements,” said LETU head coach Dan Miller.
The ASC East Division Newcomer of the Year and First Team all-ASC East Division is Junior Jeff Martin, Katy, TX. Martin averaged 13.2 points, 6.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game for the YellowJackets. On 21 occasions, he scored in double figures and handed out double-digit assists on four occasions including a 12-assist game against UT Dallas (Jan. 16). He is the third player in school history to earn the ASC East Division Newcomer of the Year, joining Dave Vanwright (2008-09) and Jayme Bradley (2005-06). Martin is the sixth first-team all-ASC honoree in program history.
“Jeff led the ASC and was fourth in the nation in assists, so there was no doubt that he deserved the newcomer award. He is a great competitor at the point guard position and sets the tone for every practice and game,” said Miller.
Named to the ASC East Division Second Team are Senior CJ Edwards, of Pasadena, CA, and sophomore Alec Colhoff of Katy, TX. Edwards averaged 15 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in 26 games. He scored in double figures in 20 contests, including a season-high 28 against Austin College (Dec. 29). Edwards made 76 3-pointers on the season, which is the third most in LETU single-season history. “CJ had a phenomenal senior season. He probably worked harder than anybody in the ASC between his junior year and senior year. If there was a most improved award, I believe he would also get that. In addition to his scoring, he has been a great leader on and off the court,” said Miller.
Colhoff averaged 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds a game in 22 games. He scored a season-high 26 against Schreiner to go along with ten rebounds for a double-double; plus he made six 3-pointers in the win at Ozarks (Jan. 14). “The fact that Alec was out of basketball two years, had an injury and still made the second team all-ASC East Division shows the ability he has on the court. We are very excited for his next two years at LETU,” said Miller.
The three all-East Division honorees – Martin, Edwards, and Colhoff – are the most that LETU has had in school history.
Freshman Caleb Loggins (Lewisville, Texas) was named the ASC East Division Freshman of the Year. Loggins averaged 7.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks a contest in 26 games. On eight occasions, he scored in double figures, including a double-double against Ozarks, where he also pulled down 12 rebounds. He is the first LETU player since Dusty Evers (2005-06) to earn the annual honor.
“Caleb had such a solid freshman year, and we are happy that he was recognized as the “Freshman of the Year” in the ASC East Division. Being a three-year starter in high school and playing against top programs, he was ready from day one. We used him for the 4 and 5 this year, and his versatility is great,” said Miller.
Christian Seidl, Lake Travis, TX, joined Loggins on the all-freshman team. Seidl averaged 5.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 21 games. He scored in double figures on three occasions including a season-high 15 against Howard Payne (Dec. 5).
“Christian also had a solid freshman year. He is such a great passer and does so many little things on the court. He went through a lot this season and demonstrated great fortitude and faith to finish strong,” said Miller.
Loggins and Seidl were the third set of teammates in LETU history named to the ASC All-Freshman Team. They join the tandems of Dusty Evers and Dewones Smith in 2005-06 and Tim Butler and Jonathan Collins in 2004-05.
The YellowJackets ended the season at the ASC Tournament for the fourth time in program history. LETU lost the game to Sul Ross State, 97-72 in the quarterfinals, last Thursday (Feb. 25).