Kiawah Island, S.C.—The North Greenville Men's Golf team put together a solid performance in its opening tournament of the 2015 season, turning a 5th place performance at the Newberry Invitational at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
The 17th ranked Crusaders braved cold windy conditions on Monday and Tuesday while playing a course that was ranked hardest in the United States by Golfdigest.com.
North Greenville took on 18 other teams, including seven others from Conference Carolinas. Christian Constance turned in the best overall finish for NGU, holing out in second place. Constance finished the three round tournament with a 219, shooting a 74 in round one, and 73 in the second round. He turned in a team low 72 on Tuesday, the lowest the score of any NGU golfer this week.
Tucker MacDonald posted the only other top 15 finish for NGU, shooting a 230 which earned him a 12th place finish. MacDonald's best round was a 73, which he shot in round two. Sam Goodnight finished in a tie for 54th, while Evan Gfeller finished 59th. Chase Fisher carded out in 63rd.
The Crusaders finished in fifth behind Erskine (4th), Flagler (3rd), Georgia Southern (2nd), and tournament champion Limestone College. North Greenville finished 13 strokes behind the Saints who turned in a tournament best 913. The fifth place finish was the 26th top 10 finish for NGU men's golf dating back to the 2011-2012 season. It is also the fifth top finish since September 22nd.
The Crusaders will travel to Salisbury, North Carolina on March 2nd for the annual Richard Rendleman Invitational, hosted by Catawba. The Crusaders finished 10th at the Rendleman last season. The tournament is hosted by the Country Club of Salisbury.