The UT Tyler golf teams did not sweep the Al Jones Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament for the third consecutive year, but the Patriots came awfully close.
The Patriot women’s squad, led by runner-up medalist Taylor Sloane and bronze medalist Jordan Sloane, cruised to the team title on a beautiful Tuesday at The Cascades Golf Club.
UT Tyler had a 36-hole score of 615, while Texas Wesleyan was second at 637. Centenary was third at 654 with UT Tyler Orange fourth at 667. There were nine teams entered.
It was the third straight year for the Patriot women to win the tournament.
On the men’s side, Trinity edged UT Tyler, 586-587. UT Tyler Orange was third at 588, followed by Mary Hardin-Baylor (592) and Hardin-Simmons (602). There were 11 schools entered.
The Patriots, who had won the tourney two consecutive years, did have one of its linksters claim medalist honors — Charley Graves. The junior from Plano, playing for the third-place UT Tyler Orange team, carded consecutive rounds of 70 for a two-round total of 2-under 140.
“It feels great,” said Graves, kinesiology major who graduated from Plano East High School. “I’ve been practicing and feeling good about it when I’m practicing, but struggling on the course. So to see it finally all come together on the course was a great feeling.”
Graves said he was finally making some putts the last two days.
“Birdying the number 14 hole (par 5, 534 yards) both days gave me an extra push to finish out the back nine,” Graves added.
On the women’s side, Texas Wesleyan’s Alexis Belton earned medalist honors with a 151 (78-73). Also earning all-tournament were the Sloane sisters from UT Tyler — Taylor second (80-73—153) and Jordan third (75-79—154). Defending national champion Laura Lindsey, a sophomore at UT Tyler, was fourth at 82-74—156.
Rounding out the Patriot squad were Marina Rhodes (9, 82-78—160) and Morgan Loth (74-87—161).
In the men’s tournament, the Patriots had the best score on the second day, but were edged by Trinity.
Joining Graves on the all-tournament team were runner-up Jarrod Brown of Mary Hardin-Baylor (73-68—141) and tying for third were two Trinity players — Kalen Vos (71-73—144) and Tyler Lehmann (72-72—144).
UT Tyler coach Craig McConnell, who came from Trinity before the season to succeed retiring Patriot coach King Campbell, wanted the win, but still was pleased.
“I was glad we were able to get the six through 10 players on the course,” McConnell said. “Charley played very well; and Alden (Fortner), Buddy (Hallman), Sean (Crisp) and Alex (Trivanovich) all finished in the top 10. It was a good tournament test with many good teams.”
The Patriots hold the tourney in honor of Al Jones, who was Campbell’s best friend. Mr. Jones and his family contributed to the gymnasium and recruiting room at UT Tyler as well as underwriting the tourney.
The UT Tyler women, No. 3 in the nation and the 2013 national runners-up, will play in the Golfweek Fall Invitational Oct. 11 in Sandestin, Fla.
The men, the defending national champions and ranked No. 4, play in the Louisiana College Invitational in Alexandria, La., Oct. 14.
Al Jones Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament
The Cascades Golf Club
Team Standings — 1, UT Tyler Blue, 311-304—615; 2, Texas Wesleyan, 328-309—637; 3, Centenary, 329-325—654; 4, UT Tyler Orange, 329-338—667; 5, Hardin-Simmons, 334-342—676; 6, Concordia-Texas, 343-351—694; 7, UT Dallas, 350-349—699; 8, LeTourneau, 375-381—756; 9, Louisiana College, 600-594—1,194.
Top 10 Individuals — 1, Alexis Belton, Texas Wesleyan, 78-73—151; 2, Taylor Sloane, UT Tyler, 80-73—153; 3, Jordan Sloane, UT Tyler, 75-79—154; 4, Laura Lindsey, UT Tyler, 82-74—156; 5, Stephanie Kalapach, Texas Wesleyan, 83-74—157; 6, (tie) Shelby Allen, Concordia-Texas, 79-79—158; Taylor Thompson, Centenary, 82-76—158; Jamie Wright, Centenary, 79-79—158; 9, Marina Rhodes, UT Tyler, 82-78—160; 10, Morgan Loth, UT Tyler, 74-87—161.
Team Standings — 1, Trinity, 292-294—586; 2, UT Tyler Blue, 298-289—587; 3, UT Tyler Orange, 292-296—588; 4, Mary Hardin-Baylor, 293-299—592; 5, Hardin-Simmons, 300-302—602; 6. Concordia-Texas, 309-297—606; 7, Louisiana College, 301-307—608; 8, UT Dallas, 301-311—612; 9, Centenary College, 313-307—620; 10, Mississippi College, 315-316—631; 11, LeTourneau, 317-326—643.
Top 10 Individuals — 1, Charley Graves, UT Tyler Orange, 70-70—140; 2, Jarrod Brown, Mary Hardin-Baylor, 73-68—141; 3, (tie) Kalen Vos, Trinity, 71-73—144; Tyler Lehmann, 72-72—144; 5, (tie) Alden Fortner, UT Tyler Orange, 75-70—145; Buddy Hallman, UT Tyler Blue, 72-73—145; Z. Ryan Bell, UT Dallas, 71-74—145; Erik Long-Goheen, Trinity, 74-71—145; 9, (tie) Sean Crisp, UT Tyler Orange, 74-72—146; Robby Schimmels, Mary Hardin-Baylor, 71-75—146; Alex Trivanovich, UT Tyler Blue, 73-73—146; Jack Cersosimo, Concordia-Texas, 77-69—146.