The men’s golf team began their spring season by finishing 11th at the Matlock Collegiate Classic’s 15-team field, hosted by Florida Southern College Feb 11-12.
“We weren’t really sure how we were going to do,” said Junior Jeff Evanier. “Getting back is always interesting.”
Evanier, 14th out of 75 individual competitors at 218 (+2) to pace the Tritons. Senior Paul Henderson, Junior Greg Reilly, and Freshman Johan Wahlberg finished t-42 at 225 (+9), while Junior Bobby Taggart finished t-63 at 232 (+16).
“We had one freshman who played from Sweden, and he hadn’t hit any balls anywhere other than indoors and into a net in two months,” Evanier said. “He shot a 69 (-3) the second round and so he did pretty good.”
Though the Tritons finished the tournament tied in 11th, their combined team total of 888 strokes was just 4 strokes behind 7th place.
“We got off to a pretty slow start in the first round,” said Reilly. “We had a couple high scores, but it was nice to see that we were able to bounce back in the second round and gain ground. I think it shows how we can actually play and are mentally tough.”
Evanier agrees. “We can compete with the best teams in our conference. We took a lot of positive things away.”
The Tritons are looking to return to NCAA regionals in May, which they qualified for last year. They will need a strong spring campaign to get a bid for the second straight year, what would be a first in program history. The Tritons compete next at the Armstrong Atlantic Pirate Invitational in Pooler, Ga.,Feb. 25-26.