Golf sets new records and raises expectations during fall play

By: Matthew Revels, Sports Editor

Both the men’s and women’s golf teams have entered the off season after their final fall tournament in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, which happened on Oct. 22-24.

During the fall season, the men’s team had its highest placing in a tournament at 13th while the women finished second in the Ranger Invite last month in Enid, Oklahoma. It was the highest finish for a women’s golf team since 2019.

First-year golf coach Lon Flippo said he was proud of both teams and that he hopes to keep finishing high. 

“Both the men and women posted the lowest team scores in the past five years,” Flippo said. “Our women placed second at the Northwestern Ranger Invite, which was the best finish in five years.”

When the off season finishes up in February, Flippo said, freshman Kiera Ronsick will be a player to watch. She finished fifth overall in the Ranger Invite and shot a low round of 74. On the men’s team, Flippo says to keep an eye on sophomores Braxton Mudloon and Noah Aherns. 

Even though the fall went well, both teams have to put in work to succeed during the off season, Flippo said, and his goal is to help both teams succeed in the spring. 

“Our goal was to not have more than five shots between team scores and three shots between individual scores,” Flippo said. 

He said he also hopes to inspire the teams with a new mindset. Flippo said he hoped the teams would adopt “an attitude of never quitting, working hard, being mentally focused.”

PHOTO: Courtesy photo, Richard Rico