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TAMUC – Sports

Hempel takes runner-up honors as Lions place fifth at Oklahoma Intercollegiate.

LAWTON, Okla. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team pushed for an event title but finished fifth at the 36-hole Oklahoma Intercollegiate on Monday in an event where seven strokes separated the top six teams. 

The Lions finished at 66-over par 634 (320-314), six strokes behind UT Tyler, and two strokes out of third place.

“Today’s conditions were tough! The course played extremely firm, and the entire field found it difficult to make adjustments,” said Lion head coach Lauren Mason. “Sophie shot a very solid round of even-par this afternoon to capture the individual runner-up position. We will continue to focus on improving our short game and putting over the next week or so to get prepared for our final event of the fall season.” 

Sophie-Charlott Hempel (Pirmasens, Germany) earned her highest individual finish, claiming runner-up honors at 10-over par 152 (81-71) for her second career top-five and eighth top 10 finish of her career. Her even-par round of 71 in the second round was the tournament’s lowest round. 

Paige-Lee Garris (West Palm Beach, Fla.) earned her 10th career top 10 finish, tying for ninth place at 15-over par 157 (76-81). 

Inma Ortiz Prieto (Huelva, Spain) placed 23rd at 163 (+21, 81-82), Karlee Nichols (Smithson Valley) placed 27th at 164 (+22, 82-82), Michelle Becker (San Antonio – Reagan) placed 36th at 167 (+25, 87-80), and individual competitor Lexi Bubenchik (New Concord, Ohio) placed 41st at 171 (+29, 89-82). 

The Lions close out their fall schedule on October 26-27 in Arlington, hosting the Lion Classic at the Texas Rangers Golf Club.

Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
1.  UT Tyler  315  313  628   +60
2.  Ark.-Ft. Smith  318  311  629   +61
3.  Angelo St.  318  314  632   +64
4.  West Texas A&M  324  309  633   +65
5.  A&M-COMMERCE   320  314  634   +66
6.  Midwestern St.  329  306  635   +67
7.  Cameron  318  328  646   +78
8.  Tex. A&M-Kingsville  329  324  653   +85
9.  Wayland Baptist  334  339  673   +105
10.  Lubbock Christian  344  340  684   +116

Tex. A&M-Commerce 320 314   634    +66   5th
Sophie-Charlott Hempel 81 71   152    +10   2nd
Paige-Lee Garris 76 81   157    +15   t-9th
Inma Ortiz Prieto 81 82   163    +21   t-23rd
Karlee Nichols 82 82   164    +22   t-27th
Michelle Becker 87 80   167    +25   t-36th
Lexi Bubenchik # 89 82   171    +29   t-41st

Lions lead Midwestern State Invitational after 36 holes with three players in the top 10

TAMUC notches the fifth-best 36-hole score and ninth-best 18-hole score in program history

WICHITA FALLS – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team leads the Midwestern State Invitational after 36 holes of action on Monday. 

The Lions hold a five-stroke lead over hosts Midwestern State at 571 (+3, 289-282). The 36-hole score of 571 is the fifth-best in school history and the second round of 282 ties for the ninth-best round in school history. 

“The guys played extraordinarily well today, fighting through some tough blustery conditions in the morning round and holding it together to attack in the afternoon,” said Lion assistant coach Lucas McCubbin. “If we can eliminate some of the mental mistakes we had out there on a few holes today, we would be in the lead by 20 with how we played today. Tomorrow will be a fun day for us, and the guys are extremely pumped to be in this situation for the first time this year.” 

Zach Burch (Lubbock – Cooper) leads the Lions in fifth place at 2-under par 140 (73-67), with the second round tying his low career round. He had four birdies in the opening round, followed by five birdies in the second round. Burch scored five birdies in his last 11 holes, and he leads the tournament at 5-under par on par-four holes. 

Nathan McCulloch (Edinburg, Scotland) makes his Lion debut and is tied for seventh on the leaderboard at even par 142 (70-72). He notched four birdies in the first round and two birdies in the second round, leading the tournament in par three, scoring at 2-under. 

Tripp Wallace (Wolfforth – Frenship) is in 10th place at 1-over par 143 (74-69) with four birdies in each round. 

Brody Blackmon (Sulphur Springs) is in 23rd place at 5-over par 147 (72-75) with seven birdies, while Joe Wolcik (Cleveland – Tarkington) and Simon Haas (Lorch, Germany) are tied in 37th at 8-over par 150. 

The Lions will look to close out the tournament and hold off charges from Midwestern State and Hutchinson (Kan.) CC with 18 holes Tuesday, starting at 8:30 am. 

Rank Team Scores Total Par
1. A&M-COMMERCE 289 282 571 +3
2. Midwestern St. 296 280 576 +8
3. Hutchinson CC 297 281 578 +10
4. UT Tyler 296 286 582 +14
West Texas A&M 294 288 582 +14
6. Cameron 299 289 588 +20
7. Dallas Baptist 291 298 589 +21
8. Arkansas-Ft. Smith 293 297 590 +22
9. Western N.M. 288 303 591 +23
10. Tex. A&M International 296 297 593 +25
11. Colorado Christian 313 291 604 +36
12. Cameron B 305 311 616 +48

 

A&M-Commerce 289 282 571 +3 1st
Zach Burch 73 67 140 -2 5th
Nathan McCulloch 70 72 142 E t-7th
Tripp Wallace 74 69 143 +1 10th
Brody Blackmon 72 75 147 +5 23rd
Joe Wolcik 76 74 150 +8 t-37th
Simon Haas # 76 74 150 +8 t-37th