Mavericks win title on blustery day

The conditions were far from perfect, but the Mesa State College women’s golf team prevailed.

The Mavericks shaved one stroke off their first-round score despite windy conditions Tuesday and held on to win the Quality Inn Mesa State Fall Invitational at Tiara Rado Golf Course. Mesa had a two-round total of 663. Regis took second with 692, Adams State placed third (706) and Colorado Christian was fourth (720).

“To have a team this good; it’s exciting,” Mesa sophomore Jessica Berve said. “I’m excited to see what we’ll do in the spring. Even though we played great someone would slip up and not have a very good round. If we can eliminate those, it would be great.”

Mesa sophomore Jennifer Hilts shot a 10-over-par 81 in the second round and took medalist honors with a two-round score of 159. It was her second consecutive win of the season.

“It’s exciting,” Hilts said. “I think I’ve improved. I think I’m more consistent. This tournament wasn’t the best show of everyone’s skills, but you had to deal with the wind and the greens. It’s nice to win the tournament.”

Berve took second with 163. She carded an 82 on Tuesday after shooting 81 on Monday.

“It was a little frustrating, but for the conditions, I’m not super disappointed or anything; I’ll take it for sure,” Berve said. “It was mentally exhausting. It’s really difficult to keep focused the entire time. That was the biggest thing, keeping your concentration zoned in.

“It was so tough to read the greens.”

The low round came from Adams State’s Kaylee Moore with an 80.

“There are so many factors,” Hilts said. “You want to hit it solid because you’re hitting into the wind, but if you hit it too solid, it will hit and run. There were so many things to think of.”

Mesa’s Kristina Casillas knocked off two strokes to finish tied with teammate Michelle Stripp for seventh at 172. Stripp shot 86 each day.

Afton Balling shot an 83 in the second round after her first-round score of 84 was disqualified when one of her playing partners wrote down the wrong score Monday.

Men

The Mesa State College men’s golf team shot a season-low 306 to finish 10th in the Colorado Mines/Regis Fall Invitational at Blackstone Country Club in Aurora.

The Mavericks, who finished with a two-round score of 625, didn’t move up in the standings despite trimming 13 strokes off their first-round score.

Mesa’s John Savage tied for 21st with a 151 and Michael Reeve tied for 34th at 154. Cody Miller shot 159, Brandon Bingaman 161 and Eric Farmer 177.

Johnson & Wales (Fla.) University won the team title with a total score of 580. Colorado School of Mines placed second with a 585 and Wayland Baptist was third at 593.

Joonas Hinkkanen of Johnson & Wales won medalist honors with a 4-under-par 140. Brad Nipper of Southwest Baptist took second with 143. Johnson & Wales’ Greg Belsito and Mines’ Cory Bacon tied for third with 144.


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