Player of the Week - 29 September 2015
I was awarded the Player of the Week on the 29 September for my achievements as a freshman for the low six rounds scored in the past two tournaments. The rounds consisted of 69-73-72 = 214 (-2) as well as rounds of 72-70-68 =210 (-3) thus playing my first two tournaments at -5 so far.
This award followed shortly after the Great American Conference league awarded the Player of the Month to me. I am honored to receive the awards as there are many great players in all our sports at Arkansas Tech.
23 September 2015
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league's top golfers for the period of September 8 to September 22. Arkansas Tech's Bryce Burke earned the men's award and Southwestern Oklahoma State's Emily Folsom garnered the omen's honor.
GAC TOP MEN'S GOLFER – Bryce Burke, Arkansas Tech, Fr., Johannesburg, South Africa
Burke opened his collegiate career with a pair of outstanding results. At the GAC Preview, he finished in a three-way tie for second place with a 2-under 214 total. On the strength of a final-round 68, Burke took home medalist honors at the 17th Annual Northeastern State Classic and helped boost the Wonder Boys to a third-place finish overall.
22 September 2015
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. -Henderson State posted a final round team score of 285 and went on to win the 17th Annual Northeastern State University Golf Classic, while Arkansas Tech's Bryce Burke, on the strength of a final-round 68, took home medallist honors Tuesday in Bartlesville, Okla.
The Reddies used a tournament best 15 birdies in the final round to pull away from second-place finisher Southwestern Oklahoma.Burke, who was second in his first collegiate event last week, tied for the lowest score of each of the final two rounds at Hillcrest Country Club, finishing with a 3-under 210 in the three round event, which was five shots better than the next closest finisher.
The individual victory was the first for a Wonder Boys golfer since Alex Mahlik topped the First Federal Bank Invitational in April 2014.Tech finished with a 29-over 881 total, coming in just behind Great American Conference rivals Henderson State and Southwestern Oklahoma, who took up the top two spots.
22 September 2015
Steady improvement throughout the 54-hole Northeastern State University Classic allowed Arkansas Tech University freshman Bryce Burke to walk away from Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, Okla., on Tuesday with the first victory of his collegiate golf career.
Burke fired rounds of 72-70-68 for a three-round total of 3-under par 210 and a five-stroke victory among a field of 83 competitors.
The Johannesburg, South Africa, product has now finished in the top two of his first two tournaments as a Wonder Boy.
Burke’s performance in Bartlesville helped Arkansas Tech finish third among 16 teams at the NSU Classic. The Wonder Boys had a 54-hole team total of 881, seven strokes behind team champion Henderson State University. Southwestern Oklahoma State University was the runner-up with a team score of 879.
Austin Smith (T-5th, 75-70-72-217), Julio Arguelles (T-26th, 79-76-72-227), D.J. Godoy (T-31st, 74-76-78-228) and Dylan Lovell (T-48th, 78-77-78-233) also contributed to Arkansas Tech’s third-place finish.
Jordan Hawkes of Arkansas Tech (T-42nd, 76-77-78-231) competed in the event as an individual.
The Wonder Boys will play in the Missouri Western State University Invitational in St. Joseph, Mo., Oct. 11-13.
24 September 2015
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Putting together back-to-back weeks of low scores that earned him a runner-up nod and a title, Arkansas Tech men's golfer Bryce Burke was named the Great American Conference Male Golfer of the Month, the league announced Wednesday.A freshman, Burke did not look like a collegiate newcomer in his first six rounds with the Wonder Boys, with just two of those rounds over par, each by a single stroke. He tied for the low round in his first time on the course in the first round of the GAC Preview at Lake Hefner Golf Club in Oklahoma City, firing a 3-under 69. He followed that up with a 73 and 72 to finish with a 2-under 214, good enough for a tie for second and just two shots out of first place.
The Johannesburg, South Africa native followed that up with an even more impressive performance this week at the 17th Annual Northeastern State Classic at Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. A 1-over 72 in Monday's first round put Burke in a pack of golfers a few shots behind the leader, but he answered with a 1-under 70 Monday afternoon to get himself in contention. A 3-under 68 Tuesday catapulted him to a comfortable victory, with his 3-under 210 total five strokes better than any competitor.
Those individual results also helped the Wonder Boys to back-to-back third-place finishes in the team standings to start the season. Tech is back in action Oct. 12-13 at the Central Region Invitational, hosted by Missouri Western.
16 September 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY — Bryce Burke completed his first collegiate event with a second-place finish, helping the Arkansas Tech men's golf team to third-place final at the GAC Preview Tuesday.
The freshman carded an even-par 72 in the third and final round at Lake Hefner Golf Club, finishing with a 2-under 214 for the tournament. That placed him into a three-way tie for second place, two strokes behind medalist Drew Posada from Oklahoma Baptist. On a day that saw scores go down, the Wonder Boys fired the second-best team score of the day with a 5-under 283, 15 and 16 strokes better than their first- and second-round scores from Monday. That left them with a three-day score of 16-over 880, 13 shots behind the second-place Bison. Southwestern Oklahoma fired a 10-under 278 Tuesday to win by seven strokes.
Junior Austin Smith put together the second-lowest round of the day in the field with a 4-under 68, bumping him up 13 spots to finish alone in 12th with a 3-over 219. Senior Dylan Lovell carded a 2-under 70 to finish in a group tied at 22nd with a 6-over 222 total, and sophomore D.J. Godoy cut three strokes off his first-day scores by firing a 73 Tuesday to finish in 27th with a 9-over 225. Junior Julio Arguelles finished in a tie for 45th after tallying a 76 in the final round to finish with a 16-over 232. Golfing unattached, senior Jordan Hawkes cut five shots off his best round from Monday to finish in a tie for 50th with an 18-over 234.