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Pioneers take 3rd at first golf tourney

Source: Wayland Baptist Athletics Source: Wayland Baptist Athletics

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AMARILLO – It wasn't the kind of start to the season Coach Tom Harp was looking for, but the third-place finish by the Wayland Baptist men's golf team at the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational is something on which to build.

"It was a little disappointing," Harp said after Wayland posted a final round 292 Tuesday to go with Monday's 293 and 286 for an 871 total at Tascosa Golf Club. "This wasn't our best effort. I don't really have an excuse. We're just going to have to learn to play better and play smarter."

After the first 36 holes, defending tournament champion Wayland stood in fourth place in the 16-team field of mostly NCAA Division II schools. The Pioneers moved up one spot and finished 14 shots behind winner St. Mary's University (284-285-288—857) and 11 behind St. Edward's (287-286-287—860).

St. Mary's finished second last year, 23 shots behind Wayland's 277-288-293—858.

While finishing third may not seem all that bad, Harp is disappointed because he knows the potential of the Pioneers.

"When you have some really good young men that are talented, they know they can do it, but talent and potential don't mean anything unless you go get it done," the coach said. "Maybe we needed a kick in the rear to understand we need to get better.

"There's a lot more in us than that."

Senior Steven Diack paced Wayland by tying for seventh place in the 89-golfer field. After struggling to an opening 76, Diack shot 69 and 70 for a 215 total. Eliott Azoulay of St. Edward's won it (71-66-72—209) by one shot.

Junior Andrew Williamson, who was second here last year, tied for 15th place. Working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, Williamson shot 73-71-73—217.

Freshman Sentanio Minnie (69-76-73—218) was 20th, Dean Martin (75-72-76—223) tied for 39th, and Carter Lewis (84-74-77—235) tied for 75th.

Harp said it was his team's poorest performance at Tascosa.

"We qualified up there a couple of rounds and this was a lot worse than even the first time we ever saw it," he said. "We had some bright spots, but we just didn't play our best this week."

Harp remains confident in his club.

"I don't think it's time to make excuses or over-react this early in the season. We have good players. They're really talented and they have a lot of good things in front of them. They can get it done, and it will be neat to see them respond.

"We're going to be just fine."

Wayland plays the second of three fall tournaments Sept. 26 and 27 at the Mid-South Invitational in Newton, Kan.

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