Thanks to The Panama City News Herald for the great article on our very own Hombre Golf Club!
Hombre Golf Club plans to be a busy place next week when it hosts the National Christian College Athletic Association’s men’s and women’s national golf tournaments beginning Monday.
Eighteen teams will comprise the 54-hole men’s tournament slated for Monday through Wednesday, and nine women’s teams will be competing for their inaugural national championship Monday and Tuesday in a 36-hole tournament. Hombre consists of three nine-hole courses, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and the men’s and women’s fields will utilize all 27 holes, said Steve Evans, head coach at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.
“We’re excited about it,” Evans said, “There will be NCAA Division II schools, as well as NAIA schools competing.”
The tournament will feature a new menâ€™s team champion and individual medalist. The Master’s College of California cruised to a 10-stroke victory over second-place Malone in the team standings last year, but didn’t qualify for nationals this year. Last year’s individual champion, Kevin Anderson of The Master’s College, won by three strokes and has graduated.
Hombre has hosted the men’s event since 2003. Evans coached Indiana Wesleyan to back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, and he said the course plays differently than the courses teams from the north might be accustomed to playing.
“Playing in Florida, for those of us Northern teams in the Midwest we have to adjust to the Bermuda greens and the Bermuda grasses,” Evans said. “The ball may bounce different or not at all. Playing at sea level is something to take into consideration. Just the challenge of the course, it’s a beautiful, beautiful course that lends itself to using every single club in the bag. Therefore, you have to think your way around the course and position yourself to be able to score well.”
Evans singled out Malone (2008 national champion), Dallas Baptist (2009 national champion) and California Baptist as the favorites to win the team championship.
Trey Shirley of Campbellsville University placed sixth last year with final score of 224, the lowest score of any returning individual. Brady Klotz of Bethel tied for eighth in 2010 with a 226, Southeastern’s Drew Matthews tied for 11th at 227, and Indiana Wesleyan’s Matt Milholland was 18th at 230.
“To be able to compete and play for a national championship is the highlight for each of these young men,” Evans said, adding, “There is some pretty good golf to be played.”
Read the article on The Panama City News Herald’s website here!