By Josh Lacy
Special to Inside The Pew
DALLAS – The third-ranked Texas Wesleyan University men’s golf team notched the program’s 197th win overall and second win of the season by taking the Dallas Baptist Patriot Invitational at the Golf Club of Dallas on April 10.
On April 9, the team posted the second best single round in the storied history of the program with an opening round of 269. A second round of 284 put them at the program’s second best score through 36 holes and gave them a three stroke lead heading into Tuesday’s final round.
Nathan Anderson placed final round 282 with a card of 69. That round was not quite enough to catch the 1961 team’s performance at the Abilene Intercollegiate (a 54-hole score of 835 was again the program’s second best all-time), but it was good enough to run away from the field. The Rams took the tournament by 13 shots over Lubbock Christian University, while top-ranked Oklahoma Christian University finished third at 849.
Meanwhile, Anderson’s 69 put him at -3 (207) for the tournament a vaulted him from a tie for eighth to the top of the leader board. Anderson finished in a tie with DBU’s Brandon Johnson and St. Edward’s University’s Santiago Quintero. After a playoff that went three holes, Johnson prevailed as the individual medalist.
Zach Monson shot even par on Tuesday to finish in a tie for fourth, one stroke behind Anderson. Jose Rolz shot 72 on Tuesday to tie for 14th (210) in the field of 96 individuals. Joel Thelen shot 71 and tied for 17th at 211. Dillon
Watkins shot a round of 76 on Tuesday and tied for 34th (217). Dylan Anthony also competed as an individual and placed 67th with a score of 224.
The tournament was the final regular season action for the Rams. They will compete for a ninth consecutive Red River Athletic Conference Championship when they take the course at Teravista in Round Rock, April 16-17.