Tuesday, October 12, 2010

North Greenville Men's golf traveled to Panama City Beach, Florida to play in the NCCAA National Championships on Monday and Tuesday at the Hombre Golf Club. 

Despite a great effort by Seniors Andrew Beck and Richard Smith, the crusaders fell a bit short of their goal. The Crusader’s finished tied for 8th in the tournament, with a 3 day total of 945. The Masters College out of California, won their second National Championship by a 10 shot margin over runner-up Malone College from Ohio. Kevin Anderson of The Masters College was medalist with a 3 under total of 213. The Hombre Golf Club is home to the second stage of PGA Tour School and is a 27 hole facility. Each 9 holes at the course have their own name, “The Good”, “The Bad” and “The Ugly”. The degree of difficulty follows right along with that. It is an extremely tough venue.

NGU was lead by senior Andrew Beck with a three day total of 226 (T8), which earned him NCCAA All American honors. “Andrew has played great for us all year and it was great to see him make the All American Team.”said Pittillo. Following right behind Beck was Senior Richard Smith with a two day total of 228 (15th), just missing All American honors by 2 shots. "Richard shot 72 (even par) on the third day on some of the toughest pin placements we have seen at the Hombre in past events. If a few more putts had fallen, his round would have been spectacular," said Pittillo. “They both played extremely well and I am extremely proud of their efforts." Following up the seniors were sophomore Danny Dippel with a two day total of 245 (T52) and freshman Josh O’Neal with a 2 day total of 246 (T57). "We fell a little short of where we would have liked, but the Hombre is a difficult and demanding golf course," said Pittillo. "Your drives have to be in the right position off the tee and second shots have to be so precise. It is a great challenge of golf and mentally you have to stay tough and stick to your game plan."  

The real highlight of the week is our Christian Service Project. It's like NCCAA director Dan Wood says, "The tournament could get rained out after Sunday night's banquet and it would be a great success." We put together care packages for the residents at the Panama City Rescue Mission. The people at the mission are there for many reasons from drug addiction, alcoholism to being homeless. It is a nine month program they go through. It helps reconstruct their lives in a Christ centered atmosphere and hopefully with the correct guidance, place them in jobs so that they can start a new life on their own. It is our hope that we don't see them the next year when we return because they have moved on to a better life through the work of the mission and our efforts. Each team has two residents at their table for dinner. It's great to see our student athlete's interact and witness with the residents during the course of the evening. Allot of good thing's come out of that night. It really let's our athletes know how blessed they really are and how they can take God's plan and make a difference in the life of someone else. Each year the residents are able to come out and watch the teams play. It is a great week. This year at the end of the tournament,  Dan Wood presented the mission with a check for 200 meals for Thanksgiving Dinner. It will go to feed all the residents. 

Crusader Men's Golf will conclude the fall schedule next week at the LMU Fall Classic in Harrogate, Tennessee.