Senior golfer wins first place at Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational
Centre College senior Chris Morris of Maysville, Ky., recently won the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational, held in Georgia from March 18 to 20.
Morris won with a score of 202 after shooting a 69, 66 and 67. He was the event-winning medalist and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
“Chris had an outstanding showing over the three days, and the team continued to demonstrate why they’re one of the best in the country,” said Brian Chafin, Centre’s director of golf and director of athletics and recreation. “We need to build off of this performance to help us have an excellent season.”
At the invitational, Centre sophomore Patrick Davidson of Louisville tied for 22nd with a 220, following rounds of 74, 74 and 72. Sophomore Grant Hinton of Elizabethtown, Ky., shot a 79, 75 and 69 for an overall score of 223 to tie for 28th. Placing fourth for the Colonels was senior Lyndon Jones of Taswell, Ind., who had a score of 235, shooting a 77, 81 and 77. Rounding out the top five for the Colonels was sophomore Kenyon Cook of Lexington, Ky., who completed the three days of play with a 79, 82 and 78 for a 239.
The Colonels defeated four top 10 teams in the country and set a school record with their score of 880. This enabled them to take fourth overall at the invitational.
“The guys had one of their best performances in school history at this invitational,” Chafin says. “The team should move up quite a bit in the polls after beating several top-10 teams.”
The Centre women’s golf team took third place at the invitational. Junior Emily Bachert of Bowling Green, Ky., led the way for Centre with a tie for second place. Bachert shot a 76, 74 and 80 in three rounds of play to give her a score of 230.
Sophomore Whitney Miller of Lexington, Ky., had the best tournament of her collegiate career, as she finished with a 235 to tie for sixth place. During the three days of play she posted a 76, 80 and 79.
Tying for 45th was sophomore Lauren Mashburn of Madisonville, Ky., who recorded a 87, 89 and 81 to give her a final score of 257. Senior Paige Burton of Frankfort, Ky., had a 260, following an 83, 86 and 91 to tie for 52nd. Rounding out the top five for the Colonels was freshman Allison Hancock of Paris, Ky. who finished with a 270 to take 70th. Hancock shot a 89, 95 and 86 during the three days of play.
The Centre women defeated three of the country’s top-10 teams. Bachert and Miller were named to the All-Tournament Team.
“Our team played exceptionally well during the event and had one of the best showings in school history and they should be jumping up in the polls after beating a few top 10 schools,” Chafin says. “I’m extremely pleased with how Whitney played, as well as how the team performed against such stiff competition. The team needs to carry the momentum for the remainder of the season, as we try to exceed our expectations.”