The McLennan Highlanders shot 319-298 – 617 to finish in second place at the NMJC Thunderbird Invitational at the par-72, 7,103-yard Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Host New Mexico Junior College finished in first place with 296-301 – 597. Odessa College was third with 319-300 – 619. New Mexico Military Institute and the University of the Southwest finished in fourth and fifth, respectively, with 332-310 – 642 and 328-315 – 643.
Sophomore Alex Isakson shot 75-71 – 146 to lead the Highlanders and finish in second place. Ryan Cox of New Mexico JC finished atop the individual leaderboard with 67-71 – 138.
Other McLennan scores: sophomore Micah Goulas, third, 78-71 – 149; sophomore Matt Lorentzen, tied for 15th, 83-75 – 158; medalist sophomore Brendan Johnson, tied for 24th, 85-78 – 163; sophomore July Latimer, tied for 28th, 83-82 – 165; and freshman Brayden Marnell, tied for 28th, 84-81 – 165.
The Highlanders will compete in the NJCAA District II Championship April 16-17 at The Rawls Course in Lubbock.
Brayden Marnell was 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 season. Raffle tickets are being sold for $1 each at various MCC events throughout the school year.