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MARSHALL, MO – The Central Christian College golf team made a trip to Marshall, Missouri with the women’s varsity and men’s junior varsity and competed in the Missouri Valley Invitational. The Tiger golfers were able to compete in near perfect conditions as there was little wind and the course was in good condition while having an easier set up than the Tigers home course, plus they were hungry to take advantage of the course and shoot some low scores.

The Lady Tiger golf team found success on the course with Kari Kirl leading the team in the first round with a 76 which put her in a tie for second place individually. Vanessa Warner followed her with a personal best 81, Kendra Jellison was one shot behind with an 83, Baily Bowman shot an 85 and Alyssa Ramirez finished off the top five with a 98. Freshman Grace Little competed as an individual and shot a 97. At the end of the first day, the lady Tigers top four shot a new school record 327 which made Head Coach Kyle Moody ecstatic as the women blew the previous mark of 339 out of the water.

After finding themselves just seven strokes off first place behind William Woods College, the Central Christian women, despite their best efforts in the second round, found it a bit tougher as wind conditions increased and made it more difficult on the golfers. The Lady Tigers were once again paced by Kari Kirl who shot another sub-80 round 79 which was good enough to finish in third place. Kendra Kellison followed up with another 83 while Baily Bowman knocked a stroke off her first round and shot a second round 84 and Alyssa Ramirez took a whopping 10 strokes off her first-round score with an 88. Vanessa Warner struggled on day two and grinded it out to shoot a 90, and Grace Little knocked a single stroke off her earlier round and finished with a 96. Overall when the second round was done, the lady Tigers found themselves in second place in the team standings and bringing home some hardware.

As for the Tiger men’s team, the first day was paced by sophomore Mark-David Ostruske who shot a 76, followed by senior Trehern McGill who was one stroke behind with a 77. Freshmen Connor Stephenson and Kyle Bovee shot an 84 and 87 respectively. Coach Moody was pleased with Ostruske’s performance as he took advantage of the course and shot a solid score for the team.

In the second round, the Tigers team improved their total score by seven strokes with Connor Stephenson pacing the team with a three-over 75, knocking off nine strokes from his first round. Ostruske followed with a 79 and right behind him was McGill who shot an 80 while Bovee knocked four strokes off his first round and finished with an 83. Coach Moody was pleased to see the freshman improve from their first round and knock off a combined 13 strokes on day two.

The Tiger golf teams will be back in action on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 16 and 17 when they host the Central Christian College Tournament at Turkey Creek Golf Course.

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