Glory on the greens

HSU Golf sees success in two consecutive weeks from Ford, McNulty

Mitchell Ford took home an individual win at the Rattler Invitational.

Mitchell Ford took home an individual win at the Rattler Invitational.

Donovan Lee, Sports Editor / HTV Station Manager

ARKADELPHIA, AR– As the season on the greens got into full swing, HSU Golf took part in the action. Their first stop of 2021: the Rattler Invitational in San Antonio, TX. Hardware returned to Henderson by way of senior Mitchell Ford, who earned the top spot of the two-day event with a 68 score, shooting four under par. Collectively, the Reddies finished fourth out of twelve teams who competed in the event.

Ford’s success sent shockwaves both across the conference, who named him GAC Golfer of the Week after his victory, and within the team. The following week, golfer Josh McNulty gave a standout performance at the Natural State Classic, hosted by Harding in Cabot, AR.

McNulty began the last round of the tournament sitting at 10th on the leaderboard. Ford’s four-under 68 score was outdone by McNulty, who finished atop of Bisons’ event with a five-under 67. The GAC had no other choice but to award him with the same conference honors the following week of Ford’s feat.

In an interview with Mitchell Ford, he was asked about his individual successes, as well as the team’s successes up to this point and what their expectations as the season progresses.

“Two wins in a row and being in the Top 25 is huge. I hope the rest of the guys are excited as I am to compete for a couple championships this Spring. We hope that our ranking is just a glimpse of what we are actually capable of, and I know our goals are much bigger than our ranking.”

“One of our team goals is to win another GAC Championship. We had a bitter end to our 2018-2019 season, and I know that is still fresh in our minds. I think the biggest goal is to make it to the NCAA Tournament. I know the guys have a lot of individual goals we have set out, and I hope we accomplish as many as we can.”

“I think one of my biggest takeaways [so far this season] is to focus on the little things… they end up impacting the outcome way more than you think.”