Salisbury, N.C.—The North Greenville golf team took part in the Richard Rendleman Invitational on Monday and Tuesday finishing in fifth in team stroke play shooting a 291.
The tournament hosted a strong field with four of the top five finishers being ranked or previously ranked in the top 25. The Crusaders posted a strong first day on the links and were poised to move up in the rankings. The team was able to play 12 holes on the second day of the tournament but due to snow showers and declining weather conditions play was suspended and scores from day one were used to determine the tournament winner (Lander University was the overall winner shooting a 283).
Individually for North Greenville, Brandon Coggins lead the team shooting a three under par 69 which was good enough to make the all tournament team. Brad Caldwell was second on the team missing all tournament honors by one stroke with a 70. Other individual scores for the Crusaders were Danny Dippel who shot a 76, Richard Smith who shot a 76 and Andrew Beck who shot a 77.
Two of the teams that placed ahead of NGU were ranked in the top 10 in the latest NCAA Division II top 25 teams. Georgia State is ranked 2nd and Lander is ranked 8th. Belmont Abbey who finished second in the tournament was previously ranked 11th in the poll and Queens of Charlotte received 40 votes. As of Monday, the North Greenville University was ranked 32nd in the country. Riding the strong play of this week’s tournament, the Crusaders look to move into the top 30 for the first time in the team’s history.
The Crusaders will have another chance to advance in the rankings in their next tournament which the team will host. The Crusaders will take part in the Cherokee Valley Invitational on April 5-6.
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