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TMC notebook: Golf team plays waiting game

Mustangs seek approval for entry to NAIA nationals

Posted: April 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College men’s golf team and senior captain Kevin Anderson have posted strong performances all season.

Both added one more this week and now face an uncertain future.

TMC tied for second at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Regional Championships on Tuesday in San Jacinto led by Anderson’s first-place finish.

The Mustangs senior tied with Pt. Loma Nazarene’s Oscar Casillas with a three-round 3-under par 213.

TMC was six shots behind Pt. Loma Nazarene with a team score of 885, and tied Holy Names.

The Mustangs are ranked No. 16 in the NAIA and now await approval by the National Rating committee for a chance to compete at the NAIA Championships.

Their run may not be over yet.

They’ll know May 12.


TMC only played one game this week, falling 12-6 to Cal State San Marcos on Monday in San Marcos.

Shortstop Tanner Leighton led the Mustangs (24-22, 15-17) offensively, batting 2-for-4 with three runs, an RBI and three stolen bases, while teammate Ryan Shackelford was 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI.

Leighton has 35 stolen bases on the season. The team’s single-season record is 52, set by Kurt Fillmore in 1999.

J.T. Adams took the loss, pitching 3 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and giving up nine runs — six earned — on 11 hits. At the plate, however, Adams was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

TMC gave up three runs in the first inning, and six in the fourth that blew the game open.

The Mustangs will finish up the regular season with a four-game series against NAIA No. 10 Biola, beginning Wednesday in La Mirada.

TMC is currently seventh in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Men’s Golf

Anderson wasn’t the only Mustang to post a strong performance at the NAIA Regional Tournament.

Freshman Thane Ringler finished tied for fourth with an even-par 216.

Nolan Sand was one of eight players tied for 16th with a 12-over 228, while John Lawson (38th, 16-over 232) and Michael Reitz (42nd, 20-over 236) rounded out TMC’s top 5.

Pt. Loma Nazarene is the only other GSAC team ranked in the NAIA top 25. The Sea Lions are No. 19.

The NAIA Championships will be held May 24-27 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

Only the top finisher at regionals was guaranteed a spot at nationals.

The Mustangs took first or second in seven of their 10 events this season, and won the National Christian College Athletic Association title led by Anderson’s individual championship on Oct. 12, 2010.

Track and Field
TMC was off this week, but returns to competition Friday for the first day of the GSAC Championships at Fresno Pacific University.

The meet concludes Saturday.

The Mustangs will have one meet — the Occidental Invitational on May 7 — before heading to the NAIA Championships.

The NAIA Championships are held May 24-29 in Marion, Ind.

Women’s Tennis

The Mustangs dropped a non-conference match to Cal State Bakersfield 7-0 on Tuesday in Bakersfield.

TMC (6-15, 4-12) finished seventh in the GSAC this season.

The team returns to action Thursday for the Ojai Valley Tournament, which runs through May 1 in Ojai.


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