Golf: No. 13 Reddies set school record score, win Battle for the Belt

HOT SPRINGS — No. 13 Henderson State shot 1-under 287 on Tuesday to cap off the best three-round team performance in school history and win the 2021 Battle for the Belt at Hot Springs Country Club. 

The Reddies held off the nation’s No. 1 team, Arkansas Tech, by six strokes and finished with a 54-hole program-record score of 19-under 845. That mark breaks the previous record of 15-under 849 which was set at the 2016 Great American Conference Championships.

Four different Reddies were under par for the event and all of them finished in the Top-10 overall. Both Mitchell Ford and Miller Harris, who played as an individual, were 11-under for the tournament — just one shot off the school-record for lowest three-round score on a Par 72 course. 

Ford birdied his final hole of the day to force a playoff for individual medalist and then defeated Harris on the first playoff hole to win the second event of his career at Henderson. Both Ford and Harris had seven birdies on Tuesday.

Alex Hadden and Nick Shapiro each shot 3-under for the tournament, as Hadden carded a 1-under 71 in the final round and Shapiro shot 2-over 74. The pair tied for sixth place overall. 

Nathan Cossement tied for 12th individually after shooting 1-over for three rounds. Cossement turned in a 76 on Tuesday after being 3-under for the first 36 holes. Playing as an individual, Kasoma Paulino finished tied for 14th and shot 1-under 71 in the final round to wind up 2-over for the event.

The host Reddies’ second team, made up of individual players, took fifth at the 11-team tournament by shooting 16-over for three rounds and finished in front of the actual lineups from Mississippi College, Harding, Southeastern Oklahoma, Arkansas-Monticello and Northwestern Oklahoma.

Henderson returns to action on Oct. 25-26 when it competes at the Tulsa Cup, hosted by Rogers State, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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