Red Hawks Participate in 2014 NCCAA Nationals
Simpson University Sports News
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - For the first time in the history of the Simpson University golf program, both the men’s and women’s teams qualified for the National Christian College Athletic Association Nationals in Panama City, Fla., in October.
The men’s team finished in 10th place ahead of Bethel College from Mishawaka, Ind., and McMurry University from Abilene, Tex. After posting a two-day total of 629, Simpson finished five strokes behind ninth place finisher Central Baptist College from Conway, Ark.
“It was a tough two days of golf,” said head golf coach Mark Mezzano. “I wish we could have had a couple of more days to practice; Bermuda grass is very different from what were used to in California.”
Sophomores Nick Norgaard and Lucas Vaughn made the cut as individuals, posting 76 and 81 in the third round to finish tied for 23rd and 25th respectively. Junior Barrett McLaughlin posted a two-day total of 161, followed by senior Marcus Mezzano’s 162 and junior Aaron Clare’s 181.
The Lady Red Hawks rose to the occasion in their first appearance at a national event.
“Finishing in seventh out of nine teams is pretty good considering they only had one practice round,” said Mezzano. “We’re a young team. Give them a couple more practice rounds, and I would expect them to be in the middle of the field.”
Simpson was led by sophomore Serina Castillo’s three-day total of 256. As a team, the Lady Red Hawks posted a three-day total of 1097. Sophomores Christina Phelps and Brooke Mejorado shot a 272 and a 281 respectively. Freshman Marissa Castillo shot a 290 and junior Katie Miller shot a 305.
“With the experience of a national event behind us, we can now focus on qualifying for the NAIA Nationals in May 2015,” said assistant golf coach Joe Pantoja. “The men and women are committed and are excited about their chances to qualify in April at Gold Hills Golf Club in Redding.”
Written by Mark Mezzano
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