Washburn golfers expect to continue streak in MIAA tourneys with win at Central Missouri Invitational

corey garriott

The Washburn Ichabods will put their MIAA tournament streak of seven wins on the line today as they travel to Warrensburg, Mo., to compete in the Central Missouri Invitational.

The streak dates back to last season and continued through the fall portion of this season with two more wins. Host school Central Missouri is second in the MIAA, 3.5 points behind the Ichabods. Last week the Mules bested the Ichabods at the Mustang Intercollegiate, finishing second and third, respectively.

“We feel like we’re the better team and should beat [the Mules] every time we play them,” said junior Matt Ewald.

Western New Mexico took top honors with a 906, 16 shots in front of Washburn and 14 in front of Central Missouri. Despite the Ichabods’ best finish of the young spring schedule, they weren’t exactly patting each other on the back.

“It wasn’t an extremely strong field,” said Ewald, who finished 12th overall with a 14-over 230. “We were probably one of the better teams there and we should’ve won.”

Ewald said he drove the ball well but struggled with his putter on the greens, a sentiment echoed by others on the team.

“They were some of the toughest greens we’ve played on,” said senior Ryan Deutsch, who shot a 17-over 233 for a 20th place finish.

Junior Matt Salome also finished in 20th for the Ichabods, and sophomore Matt Lazzo rounded out the top four Ichabods with a 19-over 235.

“I didn’t do very well, especially the first round,” said Lazzo, who averages a 73.4 per round for the Ichabods, only behind Ewald’s 72.1. “I kind of threw myself under the bus, shooting an 83.”

Central Missouri’s Justin Yoder was able to help nudge the Mules past the Ichabods as he won the Mustang Collegiate with the help of a 67 in his last round, a tournament low. Yoder finished at an even-par 216, four strokes ahead of the next closest contender.

Ewald expects to put up similarly low numbers during the Central Missouri Invitational because of the course they will play on.

“It’s a more easy, simple course where if you get things going you can shoot low rounds,” said Ewald. “It’s a fairly short course, pretty straightforward, nothing tricky about it.”

With Washburn and Central Missouri going at each other again today and tomorrow, Lazzo feels confident of the Ichabods’ chances of pushing their winning streak to eight, even with what transpired last week.

“We’re not going to change anything up,” said Lazzo. “We don’t need to.

“We’re the better team.”

MUSTANG INTERCOLLEGIATEAt Albuquerque, N.M. (par-72)Team scores

Western New Mexico 906, Central Missouri 920, Washburn 922, Midland College 925, Fort Lewis College 928, CSU-Pueblo 935, New Mexico JC 938, Dixie State 945, Lubbock Christian 958, West Texas A&M 958, Panhandle State 964, Regis 972, Colorado Christian 973, New Mexico Military 998, Colorado School of Mines 1028, Montana State-Billings 1031, Friends 1052.

Individual results1. Yoder, Central Missouri, 216; 2. Frylinch, Midland College, 220; 3. Brock, CSU, Pueblo, 222; 4. Hamilton, Panhandle State, 224; 5. Pool, Western New Mexico, 225.

Washburn results – T12. Ewald, 230; T20. Deutsch, 233; Salome, 223; 24. Lazzo, 235; T40. Robbins, 241.