Central Christian College’s Treg Fawl said a windy day and the difficulty of Newton’s Sand Creek Station Golf Course was a bad combination.
Fawl had entered the second round of the Bethel Spring Invitational on Sunday tied for the lead. Saturday’s play had been contested at the Hesston Municipal Course, where he torched the layout for a 4-under-par 67, which included five birdies and just one bogey.
But like all the other golfers Sunday, Fawl struggled with the 40 mph-plus winds and shot an 83. Yet, he still finished third in the tournament with a 150 total. There were more than 100 players in the field.
"I had it going early at Sand Creek in the 40 mph wind," Fawl said. "My ninth hole was hole 4, which was the turning point in the round, the par-5 playing downwind. I had a great birdie opportunity to get back to even through 9 holes and ended up making a bogey. After that point I could never get going in the right direction again. The tournament was a good test of golf, I wish I would have preformed better the second day."
Bethany All-American Ben Johnson was first with a 143 (67-76) while the Swedes’ James Tisdale was second with 71-78-149.
The Tigers did have enough golfers to compete in the team division, taking 17th. Other scores were Brady Sherman (82-92-174), Mathew Hargett (91-100-191) and Josh Paine (93-103-196).