Yowell leads BU to tee off season

After the first two tournaments of the Baker University women’s golf team’s spring season, senior Stacy Yowell has established herself as a leader for the Wildcats.

Yowell shot the team’s low scores in the Owls Spring Invitational on April 2-3 and the Sterling College Invitational Monday and Tuesday. The ’Cats finished third overall at the Owls Spring Invitational in Fulton, Mo., by shooting a 366 on the opening day of the tournament and bouncing back during the second round to shoot a 340.

Tuesday BU came away with a second-place finish and Yowell fell short of an individual medal by placing fourth with a score of 169.

Junior Bristol Brandt posted the second best score for BU with a 177, and junior Rachel Strecker followed one stroke behind to complete the top three.

Head coach Karen Exon said she believes the team is heading in a positive direction and is transitioning well from its fall season.

“We are beginning to score more like I think we should,” Exon said. “I think an average round for us right now should be in the 350’s. If we are in the 340’s or below then we’ve had a good day.”

The men’s team competed March 31-April 1 in Hesston and Newton for the Bethel Spring Invitational, where they placed 11th of 19 teams. Junior Mason Dick led the team by shooting a tournament score of 154, and sophomore Andy Kelley posted the ’Cats second best score of 159.

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