Weathering the storm
Mesa's Stripp survives wind, rain to finish second at Maverick Spring Invite
The rain was bad enough, but the wind might have been worse.
Michelle Stripp walked off the course thinking she played worse in Tuesday’s wind than in Monday’s rain in the Maverick Spring Invitational at Tiara Rado Golf Course.
“I played better (Monday), but scored better today,” the Colorado Mesa senior said. “I don’t know how I shot better than (Monday). I got done and I was like, ‘What the shoot?’ It was 82. I was like, ‘All right, I’ll take that!’ “
Stripp’s 82 tied two others for the lowest round Tuesday. Coupled with her first-round 84, she finished second with a 166.
Stripp thought she was playing well until the 13th hole, when she carded an eight on a par-5.
“My goal today was to hit greens and fairways, but I wasn’t hitting my irons (well) at all,” she said. “Then I got so bad, I couldn’t do anything. The winds were drying out the greens so they weren’t holding anything. I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. This has got to stop.’
“Spring golf. Nothing more you can say. It was spring golf. At least I didn’t give up.”
The Mavericks placed third with a 708. CSU-Pueblo won the team title with a 687 and Montana State-Billings was second at 698.
Monday’s leader, Nicole Hulbert of Regis, had a much rougher final round in the wind than she did a first round in the steady rain, but still took first place at 162.
The sophomore, who needed 12 more strokes to complete 18 holes, held on to win.
“Yesterday was definitely worse,” Hulbert said. “I don’t know how I played the way I played, but I tried to focus on golf and not worry about the weather. Today wasn’t bad until the back nine when the wind picked up. I just couldn’t make putts today.”
Hulbert double-bogeyed the par-3 12th hole when she hit into the water.
More than half the individuals in the tournament posted higher scores in Tuesday’s wind than in Monday’s rain.
“It’s a little surprising, but the way the wind was gusting, I think it played tougher than the steady rain,” CMU coach Scott Hansen said. “I think the cold was more of a factor. Where the wind was, you either dealt with it or you didn’t. It not only affects your shots, but your putting.”
CSU-Pueblo’s Hee-Leina Kim was third with 167. Colorado Mesa freshman Zoe Woodworth scored an 82 to finish fifth at 171.
Colorado Mesa played better Tuesday in the second and third rounds of CSU-Pueblo’s Wolfpack Invitational at Walking Stick Golf Course to place fourth with a 906 team score.
Mesa’s Brandon Bingaman placed eighth at 222. The senior carded a 1-under-par 71 in the final round. Adam Griffith was 19th at 227 and Sean Robbins tied for 20th at 228.
Jordan Arndt of Colorado School of Mines won the individual title with a 211. Eddie DeLashmutt of Colorado-Colorado Springs was second at 213. Teammate Kevin Witte was third at 217.
UCCS won the team title with a 872. Colorado Mines was second at 883 and St. Edward’s (Texas) was third at 886.
After taking a 7-5 lead on back-to-back goals to end the third quarter, Colorado Mesa gave up five straight goals in the fourth and lost to Lindenwood 10-8 in St. Charles, Mo.
Austin Pridham’s 16th goal of the season with 5:58 left in the third quarter broke a 5-5 tie, and he scored again with 37 seconds left in the quarter to give the Mavericks (5-6) a two-goal lead.
Three of the Lions’ next five goals were scored with a man advantage, one coming only 1:04 into the fourth quarter. Lindenwood tied it with 7:41 to play in the game, and with 7:04 left took an 8-7 lead. Lindenwood (6-4) outshot CMU 20-4 in the fourth quarter and 40-27 in the game.
Pridham scored three goals, with Josh Russell, Michel Beimford, Griffin Perkiel, Dylan Duresky and Shae O’Niell scoring one each. Brad Brandenburg made 12 saves in goal.