The McKendree University men’s golf team remained busy early in the fall season with a third-place finish at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside AMFAM Fall Invitational. The 36-hole event was contested Monday and Tuesday at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wis.
The Bearcats sat in a tie following Monday’s first round, just three strokes behind the leader and eventual tournament champions from the University of Illinois-Springfield. McKendree closed the tournament with a team score of 615, which was 20 shots behind UIS for the team title. Lewis University was the runner-up with a 608.
In the final individual standings, McKendree had three golfers earn top-20 finishes. Sophomores Keenai Sampson (Maryville/Collinsville) and Austin Carter led the way for the Bearcats. Sampson led McKendree for the second consecutive outing as he tied for 10th overall, carding a 36-hole score of 150. That included the team’s low round of the tournament, a 72 over Tuesday’s final 18 holes. Carter was two strokes behind Sampson in 17th place at 152. Senior Nathan Nottrott (Maryville/Collinsville) closed in a tie for 18th place at 154.
McKendree will return to the links Sept. 28-29 at the Midwest Regional to be played at Harborside Golf Club in Chicago.
The McKendree University men’s soccer team is 2-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and will host a pair of pivotal games this weekend.
The Bearcats host William Jewell College on Friday at 7:30 pm, before hosting No. 22 Rockhurst University on Sunday at 2:30 pm. McKendree and Rockhurst are both ranked in the NSCAA Midwest Region rankings, with the Hawks coming in at No. 3 and the Bearcats entering the ranking at No. 8.
The women’s soccer team also hosts a pair of important conference matchups this weekend. The Bearcats split its conference opening games last weekend and will host William Jewell on Friday at 5:30 p.m., followed by a game on Sunday against Rockhurst at Noon.
Coming off a 2-2 finish at the Rockhurst Invitational last week, the McKendree University women’s volleyball team takes to the road this weekend for a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference matches. The Bearcats (5-3) will play at Truman State University at 7 p.m. on Friday and at Quincy University beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday.