Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Salisbury, N.C.—The North Greenville men’s golf team turned in a solid performance Monday and Tuesday, finishing 10th out of 18 teams at the 2014 Richard Rendleman Invitational.

Josh ONeal led the Crusaders, finishing with a two day total of 145, which tied him for fourth place. O’Neal turned carded a 77 on day one, but improved by nine strokes on day two, posting a 68. NGU’s other top finisher was Tucker MacDonald who finished 21st, with a two round total of 153. MacDonald shot a 79 on day one, but also improved turning a 74 on Tuesday.

The Crusaders shot a team total of 617 after 36 holes. NGU’s team 18 hole team total after the opening round was 320. NGU settled in on day two, improving by more than 20 strokes in the combined total, shooting a 297. Other scores for the Crusaders included Joshua Hopwood who shot 159 (80, 79), and Sam Goodnight who improved eight strokes from round to round, posting a day one total of 84, and a day two total of 76. Also improving more than five strokes for North Greenville was Christian Constance who carded a day one total of 87, but a day two total of 80.

"In all of my years of competitive golf, Monday's conditions were the worst I have ever seen," remarked assistant coach Brad Caldwell. "I am super proud of the guys for fighting through it. I believe we were only six shots out of fourth in the end, so we were really close. We just needed a couple more putts to fall down down the stretch. I'm extremely proud of Josh, it is always goo when we leave a tournament with a trophy."

The Crusaders will hit the road one more time in March, when they travel to Wilson, North Carolina for the Barton Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by Barton College. NGU will host the inaugural Cliffs Intercollegiate on March 30-April 1.