Taylor, McKenzie Albatross at WWU Fall Invitational
By Ben Mizera, William Woods (Mo.) Sports Information Director
FULTON, Mo. — Big history happened for the William Woods (Mo.) men’s golf team on Tuesday October 1st, 2013 at the WWU Fall Invitational at Tanglewood Golf Course.
Junior Julian Taylor and freshman Billy McKenzie both made an albatross (double eagle 3-under par) on the par five 509 yard 17th hole at Tanglewood G.C. less than 30 minutes apart.
An albatross is the rarest of all golf achievements and having two players from the same team do it on the same hole, on the same day is something you don’t see every day.
That was not the only highlight on the afternoon, as the WWU “Green” team won the Invitational with a 567 (287-280). They were followed up by the WWU “White” team closing out the afternoon with a 587 (289-298).
Saint Xavier (Ill.) ended up in third scoring a 593 (301-292), and they were followed up by Columbia (Mo.) (608) and KCKCC (Kansas City Kansas Community College) scoring a 623 to round out the top five. The WWU “Burgundy” team closed out the home event with a 663 (335-328) for seventh place.
Like the women’s team, the men controlled all five spots on top of the leaderboard, led by Taylor who won the event with a 138 (71-67; -6). Matt Wells shot a 143 (72-71; -1) for a second place finish, while Billy McKenzie (73-71; E) and Monty Lack (67-77; E) turned in their score cards with a 144 for a third place tie.
Lack and teammate Tyler Daly led the “White” team on the leaderboard, as Daly ended his afternoon with a 145 (78-67; +1) for a fifth place finish. David Houlding was the next “Green” player in the top 10, ending up in seventh place with a 146 (75-71; +2).
Chris Martin (73-78; +7) and Alex Stear (75-76; +7) both ended up in the top 15 (13th) for the “White” team, scoring a 151. Andrew Davis finished the Invitational two shots behind Stear and Martin, placing in 17th after hitting a 153 (71-82; +9).
Cruz Buchanan ended the day in a tie for 19th with two other players, scoring a 156 (74-82; +12). Bryan Mach had the highest placing for the “Burgundy” team, closing out in 23rd with a 157 (79-78; +13) and Tyler Hamilton wound up in 25th place, hitting a 159 (83-76; +15) for the “Burgundy” team.
Jordan Russell scored himself a 172 (89-83; +28) for 40th place, while Jordan Riffe rounded out the scoring for the Owls with a 175 (84-91; +31) for 41st place.
The team will be back in action on October 14th at the Columbia College Cougar Classic.