By: Sean Karoly
Both the RU men’s and women’s golf teams have swung into action this early March season.
The men’s team has already played once last week and the women began their spring season this week on Monday, March 3.
The men fared well in the fall season. They placed in the top half of the leaderboard as a team in three of the four tournaments they entered, as well as 3rd out of 12 in the Golf Galaxy VCU Shootout on Sept. 24.
They capped off the fall with a 7th place finish at the rigorous Kiawah Island Classic in South Carolina on Nov. 5.
Freshman Nick Brediger posted a 1-under total of 215 over three rounds which was good enough for a third place individual finish.
Junior Tanner Carbaugh shot 223 over the three day span earning him 21st place in the individual placing.
The group had a scoring average of 291.5 entering the Wexford Intercollegiate on Tues, Feb 17, but shot a first round 306.
However, the men’s golf team bounced back later that day for their second rounds, starting with sophomore Connor Hayden who fired a 1-over 73.
Collectively the team shot a 296 for the second round which put them in 5th place after the day.
Keeping the momentum rolling, the team shot another 296 for the third and final round to card a 5th place finish of 901 at Hilton Head Island.
Division II team USC Aiken earned first place for the tournament and shot a total of 888 over the three round span.
Senior Callum Tarren topped off the individual scoring for RU with a 7-over 223. It was Tarren’s third top-10 individual placing of the year.
Hayden finished one shot behind with an 8-over 224 to secure 17th place.
Women’s golf also had a successful fall season which concluded with a 6th place finish at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate on Oct. 15.
“I was pleased with our consistent finishes,” said Head Coach Jeff Beeler. “We’re starting to give ourselves more opportunities to win heading into the final rounds.”
The group finished the first round in fifth place led by two 77’s from junior Alexandra Austin and senior Hayley Hammond.
Freshman Olivia Jay was one stroke behind and in 19th place with an opening round 78, senior Paige Reese carded an 80, and senior Kirsty Condon rounded out the team with an 82.
The team bettered their first round 312 with a 311 the following day, but dropped to 6th place at the conclusion of play.
Austin led the Highs with a two round score of 155 that put her in 16th place for her 18th career top-20 finish.
Jay finished one shot behind Austin with back-to-back 78s and a season best t-18th finish.
Condon bounced back from her first round 82 to card a second round 76 and a t-25th placing.
“We really focused on our approach this season and committing to every shot,” said Coach Beeler. “Some things we’ve worked on is focusing on what we control, along with getting better from 100 yards and in.”
The men’s team finishes up a three round tournament River Run Country Club at the Davidson Invitational today.
Meanwhile, the women’s team will complete their go at Kiawah Island in the Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Classic today as well.
“Both Kiawah Island Courses (Oak Point and Cougar Point) are difficult courses,” said Coach Beeler. “This is the 3rd year we’ve competed here and the wind and firmness of the greens always seem to be the biggest challenge.”
Following Kiawah Island, the team will travel to Williamsburg to compete in the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate, beginning on Sunday, March 16.