The McLennan Highlanders battled winds above 30 mph to claim first place in the Claude Jacobs Invitational at the Victoria Country Club, shooting 294-302-303 – 899. The Highlanders began the final round 14 strokes behind Midland. Midland finished with 287-295-317 – 899. McLennan was awarded the title based on the final round team-score playoff. Tyler finished in third with 304-294-303 – 901.
Freshman Matt Lorentzen shot 71-78-71 – 220 to lead the Highlanders and finish in fourth place individually. Callum Bruce of Midland finished in first place with 71-69-75 – 215.
Other McLennan scores: sophomore Alex Isakson, eighth, 75-72-78 – 225; sophomore Micah Goulas, tied for 11th, 72-78-78 – 228; freshman Brayden Marnell, tied for 18th, 79-76-76 – 231; freshman Trent Leffingwell, tied for 28th, 76-76-83 – 235; and sophomore July Latimer, tied for 32nd, 74-82-80 – 236.
Other team scores: Wayland Baptist, fourth, 309-303-316 – 928; Our Lady of the Lake, fifth, 307-318-305 – 930; Ranger, sixth, 308-312-314 – 934; Northwestern Oklahoma State, seventh, 310-315-325 – 949; Houston-Victoria A, tied for eighth, 315-306-329 – 950; St. Thomas, tied for eighth, 304-331-315 – 950; Houston Victoria B, 10th, 331-325-327 – 983.
Freshmen Lorentzen and Leffingwell were given the privilege of carrying the special McLennan golf bag honoring Sgt. First Class Albert A. Mersch as part of the Folds of Honor Military Tribute Program (FHMTP). Folds of Honor (FOH) is a preferred charitable partner of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and honors fallen or severely wounded American soldiers. MCC is one of approximately 10 schools from across the United States that have joined in the program and the only two-year college to participate. As part of the FHMTP, participating teams raise funds for the FOH throughout the season. The special MCC golf bag will be raffled away at the end of the spring season Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each at different MCC events throughout the school year.