Westminster golf: Griffin men claim title, women finish third

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, April 16 2013 3:20 p.m. MDT

Matt Bushman watches his ball after his drive. Bushman shot 215 to finish tied for fourth at the Westminster Invitational that was played at Wingpointe Golf Course.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Westminster College men’s golf team used a final round 284 on Tuesday to win the Westminster Invitational at Wingpointe Golf Course with a total score of 856. The Westminster women finished third after a final round 329 gave them a total of 1,002 strokes.

This is the first tournament outright win for the Griffin men in school history. They finished in a tie for first at last year’s Lewis-Clark State Invitational. After posting the low round of the tournament with a 278 during the second round Monday, the Griffins shot the low score of the third round to capture the win.

Dane Jensen turned in a final round of even-par 72 to claim the individual title and sweep the three Frontier Conference events of the season. He finished this tournament at 211 to place one stroke in front of Jason Molner of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho). This is the second consecutive season that Jensen has won the Frontier’s individual title.

Matt Bushman and Robert McKee finished tied for fourth with a three-round score of 215. McKee shot 70 during Tuesday’s round to match the 70 of Alex Howlett who finished tied for sixth with a 218. Tanner Kopan’s final score of 221 was tied for 10th, while Brian Panter (230) and Matt Hardy (235) finished 18th and 25th, respectively.

The Griffin women placed third behind Lewis-Clark State at 934 and Rocky Mountain (Mont.) at 966. The 329 shot by Westminster on Tuesday was the team’s best round of the tournament. Jenteal Jackson closed out the tournament with a 75 to finish second with her total score of 229. Heather Bruce of LCSC rode her opening round 69 to the individual title at 222.

Brandi Bork and Mari Hutsi each finished at 240 for the Griffins to place tied for sixth. Bork finished with a 76 on Tuesday, while Hutsi closed out the event with a 78. Amy Krommenhoek finished tied for 31st after shooting 293.

Jackson would fall seven strokes shy of a third-straight Frontier Conference title with a season total of 706 to finish second. Bruce won the Frontier individual honors by scoring 699 in the nine rounds of competition. Bork finished fifth in the season race with her final score of 714.

The Griffins will be back in action April 29-30 when they travel to Missoula, Mont., for the Frontier Conference Championships. The tournament will be played at Larchmont Golf Course with the winning teams receiving an automatic invite to the NAIA National Championships next month.

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