Sept. 13, 2007
Northwest Takes Second in Debut
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State held its first-ever golf meet and competed for the first time as a varsity sport Thursday at the Bearcat Invitational at Mozingo Lake Golf Course. The Bearcats finished second of five teams. Jessica Feuerbach shot an 88 and tied for fifth to lead the Bearcats.
Northwest Head Coach Pat McLaughlin led a brief ceremony prior to the competition and was joined by his daughter, Megan, who surprised her father by flying in from South Carolina the night before. Megan led the charge to form a club team at Northwest as a student back in 2001. She was on hand to see her dream of a golf team at Northwest become a reality.
McLaughlin hit a ceremonial tee shot to open the event. Northwest senior women's administrator Dr. Sue Reinders, Board of Regents member Bill Loch and Mozingo Lake Golf Course manager Rick Schultz also took ceremonious swings.
When the festivities were over, it was Feuerbach, a freshman from Iowa City, Iowa, that hit the first official shot. Her drive on the opening tee split the fairway.
Ashley Nicks of Park University shot an 80 to win the event. Park shot 352 as a team, 21 strokes better than the Bearcats. Avila (386), Graceland (404) and Missouri Western (425) also competed. William Jewell had three student-athletes who played as individuals.
Hanna Bowlin fired a 90 and finished in ninth place for Northwest. Sarah Hayes (95), Erin Luchtel (100) and Sydney Askin (103) rounded out the first varsity team in program history.
Northwest will next compete Monday at the Graceland Invitational played at the Graceland University Golf Course.
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