The two-day tournament, which took place at the Cherokee Ranch Golf Club, saw the Buccaneer women capture the program’s first-ever tournament team win. Blinn finished at 84-over par and edged second-place Tyler Junior College by 10 strokes. Five teams competed in the women’s division.
Buccaneer sophomore Holly Paterson led the way with a solo victory, placing first at 18-over par. Freshman Emily Madeley shot her way into a three-tie for second place at 19-over, and freshman Natalie Peebles also cracked the top 10 after tying for seventh at 24-over.
“I’m really proud of coach Katie Johnston and the ladies for capturing the first-ever team tournament title at Blinn,” Buccaneers head coach David Johnson said. “This is something that all of the players will remember for a lifetime. They have been working hard on a lot of the little things that make you a better golfer. There is still much work to do, but it’s good to see their efforts pay off.”
On the men’s side, the Buccaneers were one stroke away from a victory.
Tyler earned the team win at 38-over par and a team score of 890, while Blinn finished at 39-over and 891. There were eight teams in the men’s competition.
“We talked about every shot counting, from the first tee shot on the first day until the last putt goes in 54 holes later,” Johnson said. “I thought we competed well and made some good mental decisions on the course, we just made a few too many big numbers and that is what caught up to us in the end.”
Sophomore Cameron Hubbard carded a 221 and finished 8-over par for third place. Freshman Justin Hassell was fifth at 10-over, and sophomore Van Miller was 14-over to finish in a three-way tie for ninth.
Up next, the Blinn men will participate in the Midwestern State Invitational beginning Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Wichita Falls Country Club in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Buccaneer women will compete in the University of Houston-Victoria Fall Invitational on Monday, Oct. 17, at The Club at Colony Creek in Victoria, Texas.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 42 NJCAA national championships since 1987.