The McLennan Highlanders shot 288-279 – 567 to finish in second place at the Tyler JC Fall Invitational held at the par-72, 6,509-yard Pine Springs Golf Club. Midland finished atop the team leaderboard with 276-278 – 567 and Ranger was third with 293-280 – 573.
Sophomores Matt Lorentzen and Parker Scaling shot 69-69 – 138 and 71-67 – 138, respectively, to lead the Highlanders and finish tied for fourth place.
Other McLennan scores: sophomore Brayden Marnell, tied for 17th, 74-71 – 145; freshman Mason Mikeska, tied for 18th, 74-72 – 146; sophomore Trent Leffingwell, tied for 30th, 77-73 –150; and .sophomore Andrew Lane (medalist), tied for 33rd, 76-76 – 152.
Other team scores: Tyler, fourth, 297-283 – 580; Murray State, fifth, 295-291– 586; Jacksonville, sixth, 307-295 – 602; Bethany, seventh, 306-298 – 604; and LeTourneau, eighth, 317-302 – 619.
As part of the Folds of Honor Military Tribute Program (FHMTP), the Highlanders are honoring U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Robert B. Young by having an MCC team member carry a special golf bag displaying Young’s name, rank and branch of service at tournaments during the 2018-19 scool year. Sophomore Trent Leffingwell was the first Highlander to receive the honor and carried the bag on Monday while sophomore Parker Scaling had the honor today.
Folds of Honor (FOH) is a preferred charitable partner of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and honors fallen or severely wounded American soldiers. The program “works to ensure that no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom. Through scholarships and other assistance, they give back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.”
As part of the FHMTP, participating teams raise funds for the FOH throughout the season. The special MCC golf bag will be raffled away at the end of the 2019 spring season. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each at different MCC events throughout the school year. Last season, the Highlanders raised $1000 through the raffle for donation to the program.