DAVENPORT, Iowa – Competing in one of the biggest tournaments they will be in all year, the Midland University bowling teams traveled to Davenport, Iowa to participate in the 18th Annual Leatherneck Classic. In the contest, the men finished 6th out of 43 teams, while the women finished 7th out of 37 teams on the weekend.
The Warrior varsity men qualified 6th and had a fairly steady performance throughout both days. They lost 2-0 to St. Francis in bracket play, finishing tied for 5th. Leading the way individually on Saturday was sophomore Mason Moore who shot 1295 for 6 games (215.8 avg.) finishing 6th and just missing the All-Tournament Team.
The varsity Lady Warriors started very slow on Saturday and were as low as 17th after game 4 on Saturday. They were able to turn it around and climb as high as 6th before ending in 7th in total pins. In match play, the women faced off against Lindenwood, the No. 1 women’s team in the country and fell 2-1 with all three games tightly contested.
Candice Goldfinch lead all 350+ women at the Leatherneck neck this weekend shoot 1236 (206 avg.) to finish first on the All-Tournament team.
Head coach Bill Holbrook was pleased with the team’s performance on the weekend, “Another solid performance this weekend by all of the MU Warrior teams. The Leatherneck Classic is one of the largest Tier 1 tournaments, with 115 teams competing in four different houses (43 varsity men, 21 JV men, 37 varsity women and 14 JV women) including most of the top teams in the country.”
“The JV women continue to improve. They were 11th after Saturday and bowled their best Baker day of the year to climb all the way to 7th. The JV men’s weekend was a bit more up and down as they finished 15th. Thank you to all of our friends and family who travel to different locations to support us. It means more to us than you will ever know.”
Up next for the Warriors is the Hastings Bronco Open this upcoming weekend on November 17 and 18. The teams will travel to Hastings, Nebraska for the two-day tournament that gets underway on Saturday morning.