Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Greensboro, North Carolina—The North Greenville men’s and women’s golf team’s wrapped up the 2013-2014 season on Monday afternoon, as the women finished in seventh, while the men wrapped up the tournament in sixth.

 The tournament was scheduled to be a 36-hole event, but was cut a day short after rain on Monday night, and Tuesday morning forced officials to deem the course unplayable.

North Greenville’s Tucker MacDonald put together a solid two days for North Greenville, shooting a 71 on both days of the championship. MacDonald turned in the only golfer of the 40 participants who turned in consecutive under par rounds, but fell short of the individual title because of a league tie-break rule, which states that the best second round score would determine the winner if two players were tied for the lead. The individual title in this case, went to Barton’s Nicolas Fonseca who shot a 73 on day one, but a two stroke better 69 on day two.

The Crusaders boasted one other finisher in the top 15, as Josh ONeal wrapped up his career at North Greenville with a 14th place finish. ONeal put together a one over par 73 in round one, but fell off slightly in round two carding a 75 for a 148 total. He finished second out of five for North Greenville. ONeal finished his senior with three top five finishes including one win at the Cliffs Intercollegiate. He also placed in the top 10 twice as well as twice in the top 25. 

Rounding out the top 25 finishers for the Crusaders over the weekend was Sam Goodnight, finishing in the 25th spot. Goodnight posted a day one 77 and cut a stroke from his total on day two with a 76. Christian Constance finished in the top 30, as his two day total of 155 finished him in the 29th spot, while Mac Bradley put together a two round total of 166, finishing in 39th.

North Greenville improved two strokes as a team from day one to day two, shooting a 298 on day two, over its round one 300. The two day total of 598 earned them spots ahead of Belmont Abbey and Pfeiffer University. The Conference Carolinas championships wrapped u a stellar season for NGU, in which the Crusaders finished no worse than 10th place in all 10 of their tournaments. The Crusaders also claimed back to back wins in the Cliffs Intercollegiate Tournament as well as the Tennessee River Rumble the following week.

Erskine College claimed the tournament title, finishing two strokes ahead of second place finisher Limestone College with a 582. Limestone posted a 584 two round total as a team, while Barton College, Mount Olive, and King rounded out the top five.