Saskatchewan student athletes chase national spots

Collegiate golf “playoffs” are now underway in the United States with several Saskatchewan student-athletes looking to punch their ticket to nationals.

The collegiate career of Saskatoon’s Connor Scissons has come to an end. The Riverside Country Club member wrapped up a solid five-year tenure at Arizona Christian University this week. Competing at the Briarwood Country Club in Sun City West, AZ. In the GSAC Men’s Championship Scissons finished 17th at 10-over par, 226 over 54-holes from Monday to Wednesday. The Firestorm team showed well at the event taking third place out of eight schools.

Golf Saskatchewan will speak with Scissons next week.

Regina’s Alex Schmidt could still get an invite to nationals after a sixth place showing in the CCC Championships this week. The Lewis-Clark State Warrior carded rounds of 81, 73, and 81 for a 54-hole total of 235. Her 19-over par score was a stroke behind teammate Deana Caruso. Three University of British Columbia (UBC) golfers were at the top of the leaderboard. Lewis-Clark State was second in the team category behind UBC.

The team will learn on May 4 if they make nationals, Golf Saskatchewan will speak with Schmidt as well following her fantastic college career that included a pair of wins.

Josh Nagy of Saskatoon just missed the NCAA Div. 1 national championship by two shots this week at the Horizon League Golf Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL. on Wednesday. The senior at Robert Morris University shot back-to-back rounds of 73 before carding a 69 in round three to tie the days low round but his 1-under par, 215 was three shots off the winner and a couple strokes above the line to punch his ticket to the national event.

Nagy ended up tying for fourth place in the event held at El Campeon Championship Course. The Colonials were seventh as a team.

The event concluded the season for the two-time Saskatchewan junior title holder, he will return to Robert Morris for a fifth year in the fall.

After a berth in the Div. 2 national championship a year ago, Estevan’s Jace Carlisle is seeking a chance to get back to the event this season.

Carlisle and the Post University Eagles were in Lebanon, PA. at the Iron Valley Golf Club this week for the NCAA D2 Atlantic/East Regional Preview tournament. The TS&M Woodlawn member and staffer shot 83 in round one and 72 on day two to conclude the 36-hole event at 155, he was tied for 47th. Post was fifth as a squad.

On May 12 the team will return to Iron Valley for the NCAA D2 Atlantic/East Regionals with national championship spots on the line.

Carlisle was named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference All-Conference Team on Thursday.

At the GAC Men’s Championship in Hot Springs, AR. at the Hot Springs Golf Club Southern Arkansas University (SAU) and the University of Arkansas-Monticello (UAM) were competing for a spot in regionals with nationals in the distance.

Regina’s Luke Cote was competing for SAU and put together a solid 54-holes finishing in a tie for 14th capping his scheduled rookie year with the Muleriders. The Royal Regina Golf Club member fired rounds of 73, 74, and 76 for a three-round total of 223.

The Muleriders finished in second place behind Henderson State of the team win. SAU will await the selection for regionals to see if they will keep their national championship hopes alive on Friday.

TJ Baker of Prince Albert was seeking a national spot as well competing for UAM. The Waskesiu Golf Course staff member was leading his event last week before withdrawing due to an injury. This week Baker battled to a tie for 27th at 227 (77, 71, 79).

The team was ninth in the championship. Next up is the NCAA Div. 2 Central Region Tournament on May 12 in Winona, MN.

Chaplin’s Holly Knudsen and the Minot State Beavers will begin the NSIC Championship on Friday in Smithville, MO, Saskatoon’s Will Danielson is in Dickson, TN. alongside his Milsaps College teammates for the SAA Conference Championships also beginning Friday.

Several other Saskatchewan student-athletes will compete beginning May 11 for nationals.