Both the Texas Wesleyan men’s and women’s golf teams have been nationally ranked and are preparing for their first trips to the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship tournaments.
The men’s golf team recently moved up one spot in NAIA ratings from fifth to fourth.
“We started out rough in the beginning of the season,” head coach Bobby Cornett said. “A couple of our guys were injured in the fall, but we have some of them back, and we are now bouncing back.”
The men’s squad was ranked at No. 8 at one point in the season but has played well in meets leading up to the SAC. Cornett continued to relate how the men’s team has beaten every team above them in various tournaments and has the potential to be No. 1. Wesleyan’s latest tournament was the Sooner Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Championship from April 21- 22.
It was hosted by Wayland Baptist at La Paloma Golf Club in Amarillo, Texas. For complete results after April 23.
In the last tournament, the 18th-ranked Lady Rams finished ninth overall at the Sonoma State Invitational at Foxtail North Golf Club in California.
“I am extremely proud of how far the team has come in only one-and-a-half years,” said head coach, Kevin Millikan. “We plan on continuing to improve and put ourselves in a position to qualify for the national championships and then to be competitive once we get there.”
Millikan also addressed the team’s work ethic, their want to be competitive and a few challenges to the young program.
“Sometimes they just don’t realize how good they really are,” he said.
The Lady Rams have been led by April 7-13 SAC Women’s Golfer of the Week Alexis Belton who fired a 81-72—153 to tie for ninth place in the Sonoma State Invitational. The men’s squad is paced by Colby Webb and Calvin Clyde and joined No. 1 Wayland Baptist and nationally-ranked SAC members Oklahoma City U. and Oklahoma Baptist in a first-ever Nos. 1-4 national team golf ranking by the same conference.
NAIA Championships automatic bids are being awarded to the winners of each SAC tourney.