Scissons helps Firestorm win event; Schmidt just misses second straight win

Connor Scissons (left) and the ACU Firestorm won their event this week. (

Saskatoon’s Connor Scissons has a fourth-place finish and a team win with Arizona Christian University at the ERAU Spring Invite in Prescott Arizona on Sunday and Monday.

The fifth-year Firestorm student-athlete shot rounds of 70, 69, and 73 for a 54-hole total of 212, good enough for fourth overall. Teammate Leon Acikalin was second, as a team the Firestorm won the event by two shots.

Scissons last college season continues April 24 in Sun City, AZ. For the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament at Briarwood Country Club where the team will chase a GSAC title.

Alex Schmidt of Regina was a shot away from her second straight win. The Lewis-Clark State senior shot 75 and 79 at the Oakbrook Golf Club to finish second at the Puget Sound Invite in Lakewood, WA. on March 25 and 26.

Her efforts over the past two events earned Schmidt the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women’s Golfer of the Week. That’s her first national weekly honour.

Schmidt was competing at the tournament as an individual. Her next action is the Walla Walla Invitational in Walla Walla, WA. on April 3.

On Monday and Tuesday this week a trio of Saskatchewan products were competing at The Trojan in Goldsboro, N.C. at the Walnut Creek Country Club.

Stealing the show was 18-year-old Saskatoon player Alex Swinnerton who finished in a tie for third place at 2-under par, 214. He carded a couple even-par rounds of 72 and a 2-under par 70 during the two-day, 54-hole event. Swinnerton’s teammate and Waskesiu Golf Course member Guillermo Salazar tied for 44th place at 237 (79, 75, 83).

Competing for Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Crimson Hawks Swinnerton led the team to a second-place finish at the tournament. The group is in West Chester, PA. on April 3 in their next event, the Edwin B. Cottrell Invitational.

Also in the field in Goldsboro was Estevan product Jace Carlisle. The Post University junior performed well finishing the tournament tied for 12th at 6-over par. The TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club member and staffer posted rounds of 72, 74, and 76.

Post was third just four shots behind IUP in the team standings. Carlisle and the Eagles hit the road to Candia, N.H. on April 17 for the Saint Anselm Invitational.

Caden Loeppky of Saskatoon was busy this past week competing with his Waldorf University teammates at two events.

On March 24 and 25 Loeppky and the Warriors hit the highway to the Monzingo Golf and Country Club in Maryville, MO. for the Graceland Spring Invitational.

Loeppky shot 85 in round one and 81 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 166, he tied for 39th. The Warriors team was was sixth out of nine schools at the tournament.

On March 28 the Warriors were in Fort Madison, IA. for the IWU Spring Tiger Classic. Waldorf was victorious in the one round event winning by nine shots.

Loeppky was tied for sixth at 3-over par, 75 at Sheaffer Memorial Golf Course. Two of Loeppky’s teammates tied for the win at 1-over par, 73.

Next up for Waldorf is the Triton Invitational in Fort Dodge, IA. on April 7 and 8 at the Fort Dodge Country Club.

Wascana Country Club member Autumn Neiszner was on the course this week in Old Hickory, TN. for the Music City Classic on Monday and Tuesday. The Keiser University Seahawks sophomore was competing as an individual at the Hermitage Golf Course General’s Retreat. She carded rounds of 94, 91, and 90 for a 54-hole total of 275. Neiszner was 95th.

The Seahawks team was second, Keiser player Hoi Ki Lau won the tournament. The team travels to Boca Raton, FL. for the Lynn Invitational on April 3.

Regina golfer Hunter Kutcher is in Goodyear, AZ. this week for the Hot Dirt Desert Shootout alongside his University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat team. Kutcher and the Heat will tee off Thursday to begin the two-day event at the Golf Club of Estrella.

April 3 will start a new week for plenty of Saskatchewan student-athletes as many near the conference championships and potential national events in May.