Last March the University of Tulsa made a decision to cut the men’s golf team. With a rich history of golf, and many talented players, this decision left many people in the Tulsa area angry. There was a void to be filled when the men’s team was discontinued, and sophomore Matthew Wells recognized it.
This summer Matthew decided to turn the anger into something productive. Although he wasn’t on the team, Matt felt that there was too much talent at Tulsa to not have a golf team. Wells is an avid golfer, as are many students at TU; he decided that he would start a club golf team through the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA). His aim was to help fill the void that was left, and also allow students who were, or were planning on playing golf at TU a chance to continue playing competitively while representing the gold and blue.
As expected, Matt received a lot of interest. This Fall, over 20 students have been qualifying each week at LaFortune, vying for a spot on the 8 man tournament team.
NCCGA events are inter-collegiate, 2-day tournaments. Over 350 colleges compete nationwide, and the tournaments are divided by region. The winners of each region meet for nationals at Disney World. This weekend, the Ozark Region had their first tournament at Battle Creek Golf Club in Broken Arrow.
Tulsa teed it up next to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Arkansas Tech, Pittsburg State, and East Central; and in their first ever tournament, TU knocked off the defending regional champs and claimed a 7 stroke victory. TU held a 1 stroke lead after Saturday, recording a 12-over 372, but pulled away on Sunday with a 7-over 367. Bringing their 2-day total to 739 (+19).
Two former Tulsa golfers, Matthew Marquez (76-71 6th place) and Francisco Yanez (72-73 5th place) played well this weekend, while Freshman Brandon Strathe shot 3-under 141 (70-71) over the course of two days, claiming 2nd place. You can see the full scores here.
After their impressive showing this weekend, Tulsa Club Golf is now ranked 5th in the NCCGA National Rankings.
It is nice to see that the University of Tulsa is still being represented in the competitive golfing world, and if the team ever does come back, I know these guys will be ready to play.
TU’s next tournament is October 29th-30th at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Alma, Arkansas.