One by one, golfers and coaches turned in scorecards without a hint of happiness. Two people asked for them to be burned instead of recorded.
It was an ugly Tuesday at Sand Creek Station in Newton for the Shocker Invitational. Wind gusts of up to 25 mph made the course difficult to navigate.
"I honestly don't think I've ever played in this much wind before," WSU's Adin Stromgren said. "And on this course, there are barely any trees, so it doesn't block the wind at all. Even if you would hit a straight shot into a cut wind, it would move your ball 20 yards to the right."
North Texas persevered to win with a 633, 21 strokes ahead of second-place WSU. Tuesday's conditions added 19 shots to North Texas' score and 24 to WSU's. North Texas' Jordan Rose shot a 4-over-par 148 to earn medalist honors. Rose handled the elements, improving from 75 on Monday to a final-round 73. Few others did.
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Stromgren tied for fourth, 13 shots behind Rose, to lead the Shockers. WSU's Lauren Hassell, tied for sixth place with a 77 on Monday, shot an 87 on Tuesday and finished 10th.
"The wind was just smoking," WSU coach Tom McCurdy said. "It was survival, more than anything else."
The best course was to take Tuesday's struggles as a learning experience.
"I didn't play bad, but obviously didn't score at all," Stromgren said. "We're going to deal with this again. You can't really choose the weather."
The Shockers travel to Kiawah Island, S.C. in November for the Pinehurst Challenge to wrap up their fall. McCurdy is pleased with the progress his team is making. The Shockers finished in the top half of three of their four fall tournaments. Stromgren took team low honors twice, with Gretchen Huhnerkoch and Hannah Martin shooting the low score once each.
"There's no one player that's carrying us," he said. "Depth is a great thing."
Garza wins again — Senior Dustin Garza shot 5-under 211 at the Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas City, Mo., to win the UMKC Bill Ross Invitational.
Garza finished six shots ahead of his closest competitors. He has won three of four tournaments this fall.
The Shockers tied for third in the 13-team event, 13 strokes behind champion Central Arkansas. Hunter Sparks tied for 16th (226) and Tyler Gann (228) tied for 22nd.
Sooner serves — Both WSU tennis teams play in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional in Oklahoma this week.
The women start today in Norman. The men begin Thursday in Tulsa.
For first-year women's coach Colin Foster, it's another chance to evaluate his talent for the spring. It is also his first chance to see Delia Damaschin, a sophomore transfer from Arkansas. Damaschin wasn't made eligible by the NCAA until recently.
"I'm starting to get an idea of the lineup, but there still plenty of spots open," he said.
The fall results point to WSU defending its Missouri Valley Conference championship. No. 1 player Lutfiana Budiharto won the qualifying consolation championship at the ITA Women's All-American Championships earlier this month. Even without her, WSU took the top three singles flights at the MVC Individual Championships.
"We have a lot of depth," Foster said. "We're certainly the strongest team on paper in the conference."
Black takes 2-1 lead — Will Baez, Cody Lassley and Mitch Caster homered to help Black defeated Gold 15-3 in Game 3 of WSU's fall baseball scrimmage at Eck Stadium.
Caster went 3 for 5 with three runs and two RBI. Baez doubled twice and drove in four runs. Johnny Coy also drove in two runs.
Black starter Josh Smith went 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs and four hits.
Gold committed four errors, including fielding errors by right fielder Bret Bascue and center fielder Ryan Jones during a six-run second inning. Clint McKeever homered for Gold.
The teams resume the series at 3 p.m., Thursday.