NGU GOLFERS PLAY STRONG FIRST ROUND AT OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE TOURNEY
Monday, February 2, 2009
NGU GOLFERS PLAY STRONG FIRST ROUND AT OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE TOURNEY

Panama City Beach, Fla. – Junior Brad Caldwell (Waynesville, NC) shot a one-under par 71 on the difficult Hombre Golf Club and the NGU men’s golf team shot a combined 301 to trail by 10 strokes at the Outback Steakhouse Tournament Monday. 

The Crusaders were tied for 6th with Georgia Southwestern, but trailed overall leader Clayton State (GA), which shot a 291.  There are 16 teams in the tournament.
Caldwell’s 71 was good for 3rd place overall, and he trailed the leader by two strokes.  Other top finishers for NGU included Harrison Martin (75), Brandon Coggins (76), Richard Smith (79), and Andrew Beck (85).


Coach Jeff Pittillo said the Hombre Golf Club, which is the host site of the second stage of the PGA Qualifying School, was “a very difficult golf course.”  “Hombre is a tough course with tight fairways and small, undulating greens.  To shoot under par today was a feat.  We played pretty well today considering we played half the round in the rain.”
The tournament will conclude Tuesday and Pittillo anticipated higher scores due to the likelihood of 15-20 mile per hour winds all day.