MCC golfers climb steps in national tourney chase

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

LUBBOCK, Texas – The McCook Community College golf team jumped a couple spots Tuesday in the second round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Golf Championship. The Indians were 19 shots better on Tuesday than on Monday and go from 24th to 22nd in the team standings.

“There were much tougher conditions today, wet, cold, and windy and we struggled a lot on our first nine but played very well the second nine to shoot 316,” said MCC Coach Tyler Loop. “So we were 19 strokes better than yesterday when we had good weather.”

MCC moved past Estrella Mountain (Avondale, Ariz.) and Central Wyoming on the team leaderboard. After the Indians shot a 335 on Monday, their 316 has them five strokes ahead of Estrela Mountain and 28 shots better than Region IX foe Central Wyoming – a team that struggled Tuesday with a round of 347.

“I am really proud of their fight today, especially after starting the way they did,” Loop said. “We were 27 over on the front, and just one over on the back nine.”

Kojie Santos, sophomore (Melbourne, Australia) was five-over through the first nine holes and one over on the back nine. Filip Lanc', freshman, (Czech Republic) shot a 6-over on the front nine and came back to shoot the back nine at even par. Both golfers finished with 78s on the day.

Santos has the low two-day score with a 158. He is tied for 77th place. Lanc’ is six shots back of his teammate after Tuesday.

KC Carlson (sophomore, Delta, Colo.) was one shot from the team best for the Tuesday round with a 79. That was eight strokes better than Monday. He has a carded a 166 halfway through the tournament.

Adam Durband, freshman (Heswall, England) was 10-over on the first nine holes but came back to shoot a one-under 35 on the 10th through 18 holes, with eight straight pars and a birdie on No. 18. He shot an 81 on the day and is at 168 for the tournament.

Deniz Sari, sophomore (Koblenz, Germany) went 41-41 to finish with an 86. He has a two-day total of 168.

The tournament continues through Thursday.

TEAM STANDINGS AFTER SECOND ROUND

1. Hutchinson CC -16 280-280 – 560

2. Odessa College E 283-293 – 576

3. Midland CC +1 283-294 – 577

4. Western Texas +2 288-290 – 578

5. Garden City CC +13 292-297 – 589

Region IX Scores

T12. East. Wyoming +33 298-311 – 609

22. McCook CC +75 335-315 – 651

24. Central Wyoming +103 332-347 – 679

MCC SCORES THROUGH TWO ROUNDS

T100. Filip Lanc' +20 86-78 – 164

T110. Deniz Sari +24 82-86 – 168

T77. Koji Santos +14 80-78 – 158

T106. KC Carlson +22 87-79 – 166

T110. Adam Durband +24 87-81 – 168

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