Golf Wraps up 2016 with Impressive Showings at SCAC Championships
Freshman Jessica Varner finished second and garnered First Team All-Conference accolades.
Golf Wraps up 2016 with Impressive Showings at SCAC Championships
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BLANCO, Texas – The 2015-16 edition of the Centenary Gent and Ladies golf team wrapped up the season Monday and Tuesday (April 18-19) at the 2016 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at the par-72, Vaaler Creek GC in Blanco, Texas. The Ladies finished fourth with a two-round total of 698 (+122), beating out Texas Lutheran. The Gents took fifth with a total of 652 (+77), beating Dallas.

Trinity claimed the women’s conference title, while Southwestern won the women’s title.

“Although we took our licks this year, this is such a great group of kids, and we have to look to the future,” said head coach Emlyn Aubrey. “Their youth and inexperience showed, but they also learned a ton of information that will be invaluable going forward.”

Leading the way on the women’s side was freshman Jessica Varner, who improved her second round by four strokes. She improved four places on the leaderboard from the first day to finish tied for second with a total of 156 (+12). She finished just three strokes behind Kaycee Bankert of Schreiner University to earn First Team All-Conference accolades.

“Jessica Varner finished up her freshman campaign with an incredible second-place finish and All-SCAC honors to go with it,” explained Aubrey. “Jessica finished no worse than 12th-place all year, and should be a dominating factor in years to come.”

On the men’s side, senior Chris Cates finished 16th with a 156 total, 12 strokes above par.

“I can’t say enough about senior Chris Cates,” said Aubrey. “He capped off his collegiate career with a personal-best score and individual finish. I am so proud of him. If anyone deserves to finish their college career with a personal best, it’s Chris Cates!”

Rounding out the field for the Gents, freshman Edvard Granrud finished +18 (162) while classmate Jesse Hall took 23rd with a 168 total (+24). Sophomore Graham Maxwell and freshman Henry Llorence finished 25th and 26th, respectively, with a +27 (171) and +32 (176).

On the women’s side, senior Jaime Wright completed her collegiate career by finishing 12th with a 164 (+20). She improved six strokes on day two from her round one 85.

“Jamie Wright completed her excellent college career with a 12th-place individual finish,” explained Aubrey. “Although she did not have the season she was hoping for, she completed a stellar collegiate career and will be missed. She is the best teammate a coach could have. I'll miss her, but I am excited to see where Jamie goes in life!"

Freshman Taylor Adair took 16th at +26 (170). Sophomores Haley Nidery and Toni Collaro completed the tournaments with a +67 (211) and +34 (220), respectively.

“Taylor and Toni continue to improve. With a solid recruiting class for next year, I like the looks of our future,” said Aubrey.