The Colorado Mesa Men’s Golf team ended their spring season play this past week in Chandler, Arizona at the RMAC Championships.
The men put on solid performances over all three rounds of play despite falling behind in the front nine in each round. The first round consisted of the Maverick shooting six over par which put them in fourth place with a total score of 290.
The first round was the worst the Mavericks shot in a single round. As a team, they scored a 289 on the second day and a 286 in the final round.
Senior Trevor McKune had one of his best performances of the year as he placed sixth overall by the end of the tournament as he shot a two over par. McKune shot a 74 on the first day, a 71 on the second, and finished with his best round in the third round with a score of 70.
McKune tied for sixth overall in the individual rankings which was the best finish by any of the Mavericks. He placed tenth two years ago in the same tournament.
McKune qualified for the NCAA Super Regional with his performance in the RMAC Championships making him the only Maverick to do so.
The second best individual finish was awarded to sophomore Grant Olinger as he finished with a seven over par, 220 to place 18th overall. Olinger scored a 70 and a 71 in the second and third rounds to help him tie for 18th with two other golfers.
The third place finish is a solid way to end the season for the Mavericks if they do not make the NCAA regionals. The team will be looking towards next season here soon as they look to rebuild after losing four seniors this upcoming off-season.
Head coach Matt Ward is excited for the future of the program as he looks to fill those leadership gaps with returning soon-to-be juniors, Grant Olinger and Brett Krantz.
“As Juniors they’ll have the ability to lead the team for the next couple of years and show what they’ve learned to be successful to the other guys on the team”
Coach Ward showed much appreciation for his team and their performance on the season and is excited for what the future holds for his men.
“I look forward to the growth and development of this team so that we can achieve some of the goals that we set as a team, a coaching staff, and a department.”
Colorado Mesa was only five strokes away from first place in the RMAC Championships and was only one stroke away from second place. UCCS took home first place honors and Colorado Christian placed second overall in the team standings.
Senior Trevor McKune will participate in the NCAA South Central/West Super Regional which will take place May 8-9th in Stockton, California. McKune already played on the same course earlier in spring season when the team participated in the Cactus Thaw Invitational.