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Golf’s Annabelle Reyna inducted into her middle school’s Wall of Fame

Annabelle Reyna enjoyed an eventful first year as part of the revamped women’s golf team. She was not only part of a successful season with the Saints, she received news that she would be part of the inaugural Harris Athletics Wall of Fame as announced by Joel C. Harris Middle School in the San Antonio Independent School District.

The Saints began competing in 2008-2009 but fielded a full squad just one additional year before the university disbanded the sport. Ten years later, OLLU made the decision to reinstate the team in 2020-2021, and three student-athletes encompassed the squad. This past year, Head Coach Arnie Martinez successfully recruited a full squad of seven, including Reyna, and the team competed in eight tournaments. The Saints won two of those tournaments.

The team finished out the year at the Continental Athletic Conference meet in Riverside, Iowa, and placed third out of five teams. Reyna’s score was the second-best on her team and eighth overall out of a slate of 25 golfers.

The first-year Saints’ golfer began playing the sport at Harris, which is located less than five miles from the OLLU campus. She was her school’s first district golf champion in 2016 and 2017. She was also the first student to play seven sports, and she did so in her seventh and eighth-grade years. The seven sports she played at Harris include volleyball, tennis, cross-country, soccer, basketball, track and golf.

She went on to attend Luther Burbank High School from 2017-2021, where she participated in golf, swimming, track and water polo throughout all four years. At Burbank, she also excelled in golf, taking the championship in 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2020-2021, along with being a regional qualifier in those same years.

Reyna credits her middle school coach Kathy Gonzalez for laying the groundwork for her golf journey. “I first met her during my seventh-grade tennis session, when she came up to me one day near the end of the season,” Reyna explained. “She said, ‘you have a very nice tennis swing; you need to play golf for me!’ I joined golf that upcoming season, and I fell so in love with every part of the sport that I joined again in eighth grade.” Reyna knew she wanted to continue playing in high school in order to have opportunities for college.

OLLU Golf Head Coach Arnie Martinez commented, “I was made aware of Annabelle because of an email that she sent me. In that email, she did a very good job of describing herself and her passion for golf. She was a top student in her class and was interested in becoming a student at OLLU. When I met her, it was even more evident how much she liked to compete on the course and in the classroom. She has been a great addition to the team. She works hard and has fun. Her game has improved both semesters. She’s a pleasure to be around, and it’ll be fun to see what she does in the future.”

Reyna’s results from the past season are as follows:

  • Lady Bulldog Classic at Texas Lutheran University, tied for 26 overall out of 54 golfers
  • Fall Queen of the Hill Country event at Schreiner in September, tied for fifth among 25 golfers
  • University of Houston-Victoria Fall Classic, ninth place among 24 golfers
  • Spring Queen of the Hill Country at Schreiner, 11th place among 20 golfers
  • Schreiner Shootout, 16th among 36 golfers
  • Grand View Battle of Paiute in Las Vegas, tied for 24th place among 89 golfers


Reyna will begin her second year in the fall as part of the Saints team. She is majoring in business management. She led the team this year to win the coveted OLLU Top GPA Team of the Year, an award they share with women’s soccer. Both teams boasted a 3.51 GPA, and Reyna marked a 3.8 for the year.

Three OLLU golfers selected to A.I.I. All-Conference Team

Even though the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) couldn’t award a men’s golf team champion this spring, league officials wanted to recognize players for their excellent spring performances – awarding all-conference and Champions of Character team honors.

All recognized players earned all-conference awards. The A.I.I. did not present any special awards, such as player of the year and coach of the year.

Receiving the All-Conference award from Our Lady of the Lake University was Diego Garcia and Kane Ybarra (SR/San Antonio, Texas). The Champions of Character honor went to Raul Gutierrez (JR/San Antonio, Texas).

Ybarra just completed competition at the NAIA National Championship Tournament, where he placed sixth among more than 150 players. He finished second at the A.I.I. Conference Tournament. He was the top medalist at the San Antonio Invitational, the San Antonio Shootout and the Greater San Antonio Men’s Championship.

Garcia placed 10th at A.I.I. Conference Tournament.

Kane Ybarra shines at NAIA Championship and finishes in 10th place

Star golfer Kane Ybarra placed 10th at the 69th Annual NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship at TPC Deere Run. He shot a four-round 290 (73, 73, 74, 70).

The individual medalist was Corey Matthey, who also was an individual qualifier. He shot a four-round 280.

Head Coach Arnie Martinez commented, “It was great to see Kane play well. This course was not to e taken lightly. The rough was long, the greens were fast, and it was some of the wettest conditions I’ve ever seen throughout the tournament. Four days is a lot of golf, and Kane grinded on every stroke. It was a  pleasure to watch him play all week. I know his goal was to win, but finishing 10th individually out of over 150 players is something to be very proud of. It was a great finish for a great player. He’s going to be hard to replace. He’s helped elevate OLLU golf to a higher level, and for that, I thank him. It’s been a heck of a ride. Congrats, Kane.”

Top Fifteen Final Individual Scores 

1 Corey Matthey, Morningside (Iowa) – 280

T2 Ben Rebne, Dalton State (Ga.) – 284

T2 Logan Smith, William Woods (Mo.) – 284

4 Beng Keat Lim, Ottawa (Ariz.) – 286

T5 Hunter Clay, Reindhardt (Ga.) – 288

T5 Ruan Pretorius, Point (Ga.) – 288

T7 Eric Wowor, Point (Ga.) – 289

T7 Javan Johnson, Taylor (Ind.) – 288

T7 Troy Watson, Kansas Wesleyan – 288

10 Kane Ybarra, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) – 290

T11 Javier Neira Garcia, Keiser (Fla.) – 291

T11 Steve Kibare, Dalton State (Ga.) – 291

T13 Jacob Thomas, South Carolina Beaufort – 292

T13 Tyron Davidowitz, Texas Wesleyan – 292

T15 Taylor Beckstead, Texas Wesleyan – 292

T15 Sentanio Minnie, Wayland Baptist (Texas) – 293

T15 Alberto Uriach, Webber International (Fla.) – 293

T15 Florian Benner, Keiser (Fla.) – 293

T15 Hugo Ronnberg, Bellevue (Neb.) – 293

This marks the highest finish for a men’s golfer who competed as an individual. In 2012, the Saints team made it to the finals and placed seventh overall, while Aaron Flores took sixth place. The following year, the Saints once again took seventh place, while Flores was the NAIA’s runner-up.

In 2017, the team grabbed 15th place, and in 2018, the Saints came out in 21st place, while Rafael Jauregui went on to the finals finishing in 33rd place. In the 2019 season, the Saints took 36th place, but Steve Landry qualified for the finals, where he placed 38th. Unfortunately, the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19

OLLU celebrates the accomplishments of Ybarra, who has had a highly successful five years from 2016 through 2021 that encompasses achievements both in the classroom and out on the course. They include:

  • 5-time NAIA Scholar Team
  • 2-time NAIA All-American
  • NAIA-PING All-American
  • NAIA PING All-Region
  • 4-time All-Conference
  • Conference Player of the Year
  • Conference Newcomer of the Year
  • Conference Freshman of the Year
  • 5 Golfer of the Week awards
  • 5-year Conference Scholar-Athlete
  • 2-time Top Saint for Golf
  • 3 first-place finishes
  • 9 top-five finishes
  • 10 top-10 finishes
  • Earned his Bachelor of Business in Business Marketing

The Saints will get set for their 14th season in 2021-2022. They will play a handful of tournaments in the fall and then play their official season in the spring of 2022.

OLLU’s Tommy Xu named to all-conference team in RRAC Golf Tournament

GolfOLLU hosted and the City of Live Oak, Texas presented the Red River and Unaffiliated Conference Men’s Golf Championship Tournament in Universal City last week. The tournament took place at the Olympia Hills Golf Course. Participating schools included: Our Lady of the Lake University, University of Texas at Brownsville, University of St. Thomas (Houston). Talladega College (Talladega, Ala.), Arizona Christian University (Phoenix) and Biola University (La Mirada, Calif.). The University of St. Thomas was the winning school with a three-round score of 938 (303, 302, 333). OLLU finished in fifth place with a score of 1032 (336, 344, 352). OLLU’s Tommy Xu was selected to the all-conference team with a final score of 235 (76, 79, 80). Read full article online.