As the Mid-South Conference Championship golf tournament was ready to tee off Monday, not many present at Bardstown Country Club at Maywood gave it much chance to reach its full conclusion. But amidst the torrential rain, intermittent thunderstorms and occasional tornado watches, the entire two-day tournament was completed, 54 holes for the men and 36 for the women.
And when the final shot was made, the University of the Cumberlands took home the men’s title while Lindsey Wilson College earned the first place hardware in the women’s competition. Pierre Carlson from Cumberlands was the men’s medalist with a 54 hole total of 225. Kaitlin Allan and Kelsey Joslyn, both from Lindsey Wilson, were tied after 36 holes at 165 and Allan won the title on the second playoff hole.
For St. Catharine College coach, Joan Rizer, hosting the tournament for the first time went flawlessly. “It is hard to believe that we were able to play the whole tournament with the weather the way it was. Our next time hosting will be much easier now that we know what all is involved.”
St. Catharine, and Maywood, will have the next four years to enjoy hosting the Mid-South Tournament as it will remain there until 2015. And it will continue to be known as the Lee’s Famous Recipe Mid-South Tournament as that franchise in Bardstown made a five-year commitment to sponsor the event.
The St. Catharine College Patriots, playing on their home course, finished fifth in each the men’s and women’s tournaments. The men’s tournament had nine conference teams participating while the women’s tournament included five teams.
Cumberlands’ 54 hole total of 901 easily bettered runner-up Lindsey Wilson’s score of 937. Campbellsville shot 946 followed by Georgetown (947) and St. Catharine ((983). The final four teams were Shawnee State (996), Pikeville (1030), UVA-Wise (1034) and West Virginia Tech (1048).
Individually Aaron Darby was the top player for the Patriots as he finished tied for 13th among the 50 golfers with a 239, 14 strokes behind medalist Carlson. Darby did shoot the low round for the entire tournament when he carded a 73 in the second round Monday. St. Catharine senior Alex Carey finished 19th with a 244 total.
Other Patriots were Todd Bruington who placed 27th with a 250 and Brett Willett and Nick Patterson who tied for 29th at 253. Nik Walsh played as an individual and scored 266.
On the women’s side, patriots Ashley Pugh, Jessica Shelton ad Julie Clark finished 21st, 22nd and 23rd respectively with 36 hole totals of 205, 213 and 215. Courtney True and Jordan Graham finished at 229 and 237.
Cumberlands will now advance to the national NAIA tournament at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill while Lindsey Wilson will head to the women’s national tournament at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn.