It was a cold, wet, breezy day for the first two rounds of play here at Hail Ridge.  While the conditions were tough, a few of the players proved tougher!  The players look forward to improved scoring conditions for the final round Tuesday, May 2.  Please feel free to come out and watch some amazing play!


 – Central Methodist University senior golfer Brendan Ross improved his play from an opening-round 76 to a second-round one-over-par 72 on Monday and stayed in contention for an all-conference honor at the 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship held here at Hail Ridge Golf Course.

Ross moved up from a tie for tenth place to a tie for seventh place heading into Tuesday’s final round, as he finished with a six-over-par 148 for the tournament. He is just two strokes out of fifth place and a spot on the all-conference team.

As a team, Central Methodist was in fifth place after the opening round, shooting a 312. And despite improving their score to a 310 in the second round, the Eagles slipped three spots to eighth place after the second round. CMU shot a 54-over-par 622, but is just four shots out of sixth place.

Grand View University led after the first and second rounds, shooting a 12-over-par 580, and will head into the final round with an 11-shot lead over second-place Mount Mercy University (303-288=591). William Penn University is in third place with a 31-over-par 599, while Missouri Valley College and Culver-Stockton College are tied for fourth place with identical 40-over-par 608 scores.

In the individual medalist chase, Mitch and Myles Pfingsten of Grand View are 1-2 heading into the final round. Mitch shot a two-under-par 140, while Myles was even at 142 on the par-71 course.

Zachary Chegwidden of William Penn sits in third place with a one-over-par 143, Sergio Garcia of Mount Mercy is in fourth with a four-over-par 146 and Shawn Cook of Missouri Valley is fifth with a four-over-par 146. Ryan Keller of Culver-Stockton is one stroke ahead of Ross, with a five-over-par 147.

Players were forced to play in adverse weather conditions in the opening two rounds. When play began in the morning there was a light rain falling, blustering winds of more than 25 miles per hour were blowing and temperatures were in the lower 40s. By the end of the day the rain had stopped, but temperatures never rose above 46 and the winds gusted all day.

Central Methodist senior Ryan Rost was tied for 15th place after the opening round and was tied for 30th at the end of the day. He shot a six-over-par 77 in the first round and an eight-over par 79 in the second round to post a two-round total of 14-over-par 156. CMU freshman Kyle Sachs (pictured at right) was tied for the 32nd spot with a two-round total of 15-over-par 157.

Other scorers for the Eagles included senior Greg Pitzer, shooting a 161, which put him in 41stplace. Sophomore Eric Vander Linden sat at 166 after the first round, tied for 46th.

The Central Methodist men’s golf team will compete in the third and final round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Golf Championship Tuesday at Hail Ridge Golf Course in Boonville, Mo. Play will get underway at 9 a.m.


1. Grand View University – 292-288=580 (+12)
2. Mount Mercy University – 303-288=591 (+23)
3. William Penn University – 307-292=599 (+31)
4t. Missouri Valley College – 317-291=608 (+40)
4t. Culver-Stockton College – 311-297=608 (+40)
6. Evangel University – 313-305=618 (+50)
7. Graceland University – 316-303=619 (+51)
8. Central Methodist University – 312-310=622 (+54)
9. Baker University – 320-307=627 (+59)
10. Clarke University – 326-312=638 (+70)

CMU Golf Contact: John Krueger