SEARCY, Ark. (HU) – The Harding women's golf team placed four golfers in the top five and set a new two-round tournament school record Tuesday in winning the eight-team Bison Fall Golf Classic played Monday and Tuesday at The Course at River Oaks.
Harding sophomore Whitney Ohlhausen won the event for the second straight year. The Dallas native fired a 75 in round one and added a 76 in windy conditions in round two to finish at 151, one stroke ahead of teammate and classmate So-Yun Kim at 152. Kim's two-round total tied her career best.
Harding shot 309 as a team the first day, the second-best single-round total in program history, and led second-place Arkansas Tech by 10 strokes. The Lady Bisons put the tournament out of reach with a 311 on Tuesday, 11 strokes better than any other team, and finished with a school-record 620. Harding's previous record was 624, set last season at the Bison Fall Golf Classic.
Becca Godman, a sophomore transfer from the University of Missouri, placed fourth, firing consecutive 79s to finish at 158. Senior Ragan Muncy was fifth with a 159. Harding's Tara Fuchs tied for 10th at 162 and Evelyn Poteet tied for 16th at 170. Godman and Fuchs both tied career highs with their tournament scores.
Harding's win was its seventh in program history and its fourth in the last two seasons.
Arkansas Tech placed second (642), followed by Arkansas-Ft. Smith (655), Henderson State (663) and Christian Brothers (700).
Harding is back in action Oct. 4-5 at the UCO Classic in Edmond, Okla.
Chase Scene: Bison Golf Clutch in Victory at River Oaks
Blake Chase won his first collegiate medalist honor for the Bisons.
by Scott Goode
Blake Chase won the 2010 Bison Fall Golf Classic by one stroke.
SEARCY – For the Harding men's golf team, victory at the 2010 Bison Fall Golf Classic came down to the second round score of sophomore Blake Chase.
With the rest of his team's rounds completed, Chase was the final Bison on The Course at River Oaks. Arkansas-Fort Smith had already completed its round and finished with a two-round score of 588. Chase needed to shoot 77 for Harding to tie or 76 to win.
The Colleyville, Texas native was also in the hunt for the individual title. Chase was tied for the tournament lead after shooting a 4-under 67 in Monday's round one. Arkansas-Fort Smith's Josh Alford and Arkansas-Monticello's Camron Hurst both finished at 143, so Chase needed a 75 to win medalist honors.
He got it.
Chase shot 2-over on the back nine in windy conditions to finish with a 75 and collect individual honors for himself and the team title for the Bisons.
Chase only had one birdie in the second round, but it was a big one. He rolled in his birdie putt on the 490-yard, par-5 17th hole and need only to bogie 18 to earn his first collegiate title.
Harding finished with a two-round 586, the fifth-best two-round tournament score in program history, and won the event by two strokes over Arkansas-Fort Smith. Fort Smith had a four-stroke lead over Harding following round one, but could not hold on for the win.
Chase was by no means a one-man team. Harding had three other golfers finish in the top 10. Junior Bruce McMullen was fifth at 147, freshman Jordan Perry tied for sixth at 148, and junior Dustin Richter tied for ninth at 149, tied for his career best.
Southwestern Christian placed third at 595, followed by Arkansas-Monticello (617) and Ouachita Baptist (619).
Harding's win was its first of the season. The last Bison championship came in March at the Lyon College Scots Invitational.
Coach Dustin Howell's squad will next be in action on Oct. 4-5 at the Texoma Championship in Kingston, Okla.