WICHITA, Kan. — A lot has changed about the Indian Hills golf team since the last time it was on the course.
Mostly on Monday, a lot of the names that were competing for Mike Hagen’s squad had changed from the final round of the spring season to the opening round of the fall.
Several new golfers took to the links to represent the Warriors in the opening round of the Newman University Martin Park Fall Invitational. As they teed it up at Reflection Ridge, Hagen had no idea how his new-look Warriors would fare by the end of the fall season’s opening day.
Led by one of the few familiar faces on the team, Indian Hills would do just fine. Returning sophomore Colin Pearson fired a bogey-free four-under par round of 68 to take a two-shot lead on the individual leaderboard while guiding IHCC to a team round of 290 and a three-shot lead over Oklahoma Christian going into today’s final round.
“I didn’t know what to expect going into this,” Hagen said. “We’ve got seven new faces going out there. Colin’s the only guy with any experience returning for us. He handled the opening day really well and played a really nice round of golf.”
Besides Pearson’s top opening round, IHCC got top-10 individual rounds from freshman Harrison Moore with a one-over par 73 to tie for sixth place after his first day of intercollegiate golf. Sophomore Luke Monson, who played in one of his first competitive team rounds for the Warriors, also finished tied for 10th after the opening round Monday with a two-over par 74.
“We have a lot of new faces. We had a couple of guys that are out with injuries, so we’re a little thin this early in the year,” Hagen said. “For guys without any experience at this level playing Division II NCAA programs and have a three-shot lead after the first round, we feel really good with the position we’re in.”