Rachel Strecker and Sean Walsh lead the golf team in Winfield

Despite playing at a difficult course, the Baker University women’s golf team placed third of five teams at the South Central Kansas Fall Invitational Monday and Tuesday in Winfield.

Junior Rachel Strecker led the Wildcats Tuesday with a round of 88 and senior Stacy Yowell followed closely behind with a round of 89.

“I was pleased with the fact that as a team we scored better (than Monday),” head coach Karen Exon said. “Their greens were just lighting quick, and it had some very difficult hole locations. It resulted in higher than normal scores for both the women’s division and the men’s division.”

The men’s team finished third overall Monday, but fell two strokes behind Ottawa University to finish fourth on Tuesday.

Sophomore Sean Walsh scored two over par Monday to lead the team and sophomore Andy Kelley shot back-to-back rounds of 78.

“(Walsh) was just really good (Monday) and that was after starting out with a very rough first hole,” Exon said.

Exon sees improvement in both teams and is excited for to the ‘Cats’ final fall tournament Oct. 9-11 at The Deuce Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo.

“We are going to play a very difficult golf course for our final tournament at Park University,” Exon said. “… There are a lot of hills and a lot of water hazards, and we are going to have to be on top of our game to do well at that tournament.”

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