Central Golf Teams Headed to Nationals
McPherson, Kansas- Central Christian College of Kansas is pleased to announce that for the first time in over 10 years the Tiger Golf Program is headed to Nationals! The Men’s and Women’s teams will be headed to Palm Coast, Florida this week to compete against the best in the country. These athletes have spent innumerable hours honing their skills in order to earn this honor – an opportunity most athletes can only dream about.
This year’s team is made up of a mix of fresh new faces as well as seasoned leadership from the returners. Leading the 11 person men’s roster are seniors Lowell Stephens (Mansfield, Texas), and Collin Duckworth (Brenham, Texas). When asked how he was feeling about the announcement, senior leader Collin Duckworth stated, "God's so good! We're really excited to be given this opportunity and it's been a long time coming! We're really happy that all out hard work paid off and we can't wait to try to make a run at a championship for Central!"
Though the women’s team may be small in number, they have proven themselves to be mighty on the course. Being a close knit team of six has provided them ample opportunity to grow together as a unit, and has empowered them to defeat the odds and head to Florida. Their team is led by a trio of juniors: returner Kari Kirl (Boerne, Texas), and transfers Baily Bowman (Coffeyville, Kansas), and Kendra Jellison (Topeka, Kansas).
Head coach Kyle Moody has shaped his program around the same holistic model of development as the institution. For Moody’s squad, signing up to join the Tiger Golf Program is not simply agreeing to play collegiate golf: it is agreeing to come under a program of character development and joining a family of individuals that love and care for one another and their communities. In recent years, the program has gone on mission trips to serve in Port Aransas, Texas, where they aided those in need after the destruction of Hurricane Harvey; they spent a week serving several churches and organizations in Arizona; and they have lent a helping hand to more localized groups through serving at the Ronald McDonald Houses in Wichita, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.
Their mission mindset will have them feeling right at home in Palm Coast next week as the first official event of the National tournament is serving at the Rymsfire Boys and Girls Club. While working with Rymsfire, the Central Christian golfers will enjoy the opportunity to serve over 120 local underprivileged children. The actual golfing will launch with three rounds of play starting on Monday, October 22, 2018 at Hammock Beach Resort's Conservatory Course.
When asked about how he felt when he received the news that his team had qualified for Nationals, Moody replied, “I just want to say how proud I am of everyone in our program this year! They have all worked hard to achieve this goal. We thank God for this opportunity and the talents He has given our players."
Central’s new President, Dr. Lenny Favara, beamed when asked about Coach Moody’s golfers, “From the moment that Coach Moody stepped into the role of Head Coach, I knew that great things were in store for the golf team. I have watched him shape and form this group not only into excellent players, but players of character, upholding the core mission of this institution. This achievement is but one of many victories won on and off the course. I am overjoyed to see them rewarded for all their efforts.”
The Tigers are excited as they prepare for their upcoming trip. However, they need help covering the expenses of this adventure. The team has created a GoFundMe to help cover the costs of the numerous travel expenses. They are very optimistic that with the help of the community, the funds can pave the way for them to travel to Palm Coast. Donations are being accepted at www.centralchristian.edu, or at www.gofundme.com/launch-tigers-golf-to-nationals.
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About Central Christian College of Kansas
Central Christian College of Kansas is a four-year collegiate institution that strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person – heart, mind, body, and soul. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a small, private college that offers over forty areas of study, as well as online courses for non-traditional students.