Etowah, NC- The North Greenville golf team sat in 7th place after the first day of competition at the Independent Collegiate Invitational. The Crusaders looked to the second day of the competition to make a run at 1st place however the weather in Etowah had other ideas.
Two days of constant rain poured onto the course in Etowah rendering an unspecified number of holes on the course unplayable. The result of constant rain; a second round cancellation and a 7th place finish for the Crusaders.
The Brevard College Tornadoes finished the tournament in 1st place with a team score of 291.
The Tornadoes were led by two tournament all honors recipients in Grant Carnie and Bret McGauhey who both shot a 2 under par 70. Barton College and Carson Newman rounded out the top 3 team finishers.
The Crusaders finished the tournament in 7th place with a team total of 305. Brandon Coggins and Richard Smith were the only two Crusaders to finish in the top 20 tied for 15th place with a score of 3 over par 75. Other scores for the Crusaders were Brad Caldwell who shot a 77, Harrison Martin shot a 78, and Andrew Beck who shot a 79. “We are upset that the 2nd day of the tournament was cancelled of course” says golf coach Jeff Patillo “we thought we definitely had a chance to make a run at the top position.”
Patillo also said that he was proud of his players for putting together a great season and that he is “looking forward to the fall.” The Independent Collegiate Invitational was the last tournament for the NGU Golf Team for the 2008-2009 season. With no seniors on the team the Crusader Golf Team will look to improve over the summer and prepare for the 2009-2010 campaign.