The Eagles golf squad fought through rough winds to bring home their second first-place team finish of the spring season.
The Eagles took to the greens of the Hackberry Creek Course in Irving, Texas. The tournament included two rounds Monday, with a final round the following day.
Junior Alasdair Dalgliesh shot two 70s, landing him tied for first in individual scoring after the team’s initial day of competition.
Freshman Sam Johnston also held a spot in the top 10 at the end of the first two rounds. Johnston’s pair of 73s tied him for ninth place individually.
Johnston and the rest of the Eagles have faced many different venues during the spring season. This course in particular held a special trait that made play there unique.
The Hackberry Creek course was designed by professional golfer Byron Nelson, and has played host to multiple tournaments over the years. The quirks of Nelson’s course made a strong first impression on Johnston.
“The ball had a tendency to sit down in the fairways, and the greens were a bit bumpy in places,” Johnston said. “But aside from those two things, the course was nice to play.”
Senior Logan Herbst shot a 76 during the first round but bounced back later with a 72 to finish out the second.
Senior Vilhelm Bogstrand also improved from an early round of 78 to a second round finish of 74.
Individual scores made by Eagles put the team as a whole in second place on the leaderboard going into the final day.
The Eagles had to face more than just competition from the other schools going into day two.
High winds have proved a recurring factor during spring tournaments for the Eagles. Constant 25 mph winds during the Dallas Baptist Classic meant that this tournament would serve as no exception.
“The weather really was horrendous,” coach David Lynn said. “One consolation that we did get was warm temperatures throughout the matches on both Monday and Tuesday.”
Players continued to fight through the weather conditions on day two of the tournament.
Two Eagles finished with final scores in the top six.
Dalgliesh finished the last round with a 78. His final score put him tied for third, his best individual finish of the spring season.
Johnston scored the best out of the Eagles lineup on Tuesday with a 73. He finished in sixth place overall. Herbst shot a last round of 78, leaving him in 17th place.
The Eagles concluded the tournament in first place, posting a total score of 887. The only other Division II ranked teams, St. Edward’s University and Abilene Christian University, finished in 10th and 12th place, respectively.
The Dallas Baptist Classic originally fell as the last tournament for the Eagles on the season’s schedule. However, coach Lynn recently decided to reschedule a tournament that was rained out last week.
“I did want to give the guys another chance to fill out the schedule for the season,” coach Lynn said. “So when I saw that we could make it out to California for one last tournament, I took the opportunity.”
Mild California temperatures will greet the team after several weeks of fighting through inclement weather in the Oklahoma-Texas area. The Winchester Classic will take place in Meadow Vista, Calif.
Multiple NCAA Division I schools are also participating in the event.
The three-day tournament will begin on April 19, and continue through April 21.