Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Travelers Rest, S.C.—The North Greenville men’s golf team took home its first tournament win of the season on Tuesday afternoon, turning in a first place finish at the inaugural Cliffs Invitational. The Crusaders were paced by Josh ONeal who took the overall title shooting a two under par, 140 in 36 holes of play. 

The Crusaders battled it out with five other teams during the two day competition in what could be described as perfect weather. The tournament was held at the newly opened Cliffs at Mountain Park golf course, and was hosted by North Greenville. 

The Crusaders were in front of the competition on both Monday and Tuesday, after finishing the opening round with a tournament low 292. ONeal also paced play in the opening 18, shooting a 70, on stroke ahead of Queens University’s Freddie Nordhoff, and two ahead of teammate Tucker MacDonald who finished day one with an even par 72. 

The Crusaders would continue to build on the home turf momentum on day two. When the final score cards were signed, North Greenville had three players in the top 25, including McDonald who finished in a tie for 18th with a two day total of 152. McDonald carded an 82 on day two. NGU also had a second player finish in the top five, as Christian Constance shot a 145 after putting together round scores of 73 on day one and a 72 on day two, crossing the finish line in 4th place. 

NGU had one other player finish in the top 30 in Sam Goodnight whose two day total of 155 finished him in 27th while Mac Bradley rounded out the first 30 with a 156 total. The tournament win was NGU’s best finish of the year after placing second two weeks ago at the Barton Intercollegiate. North Greenville’s final two day total of 589 handed them a victory over five other teams, including the fifth ranked team in NCAA Division II the Malone Pioneers. 

North Greenville will have one more tune-up next week at the Tennessee River-Rumble Intercollegiate before heading off to North Carolina for the Conference Carolinas tournament on April 11-15.