Men's golf gearing up for trip to Alabama

Men's golf gearing up for trip to Alabama
Sunday, October 16, 2016
By Evan Gfeller
Men's golf gearing up for trip to Alabama

The Men’s Golf team at North Greenville University will travel to North Alabama on Monday and Tuesday, October 17th and 18th to compete in the 2016 TVA Credit Union Classic. The tournament will be held at Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club in Killen, Alabama and will be hosted by North Alabama. The Crusaders look to really amp up their play after somewhat of a slow start to the 2016-2017 season.

The Crusaders look to improve on the stellar finish they had last year at Turtle Point, as they finished in 4th place in a stacked field. The squad is thoroughly looking forward to returning to the pristine course in Killen, Alabama. Senior and co-captain, Christian Constance says, “Turtle Point is among the nicest courses we play all year long. The greens out there are pure, fast, and setup well for our guys to attack to hole. “ The Crusaders will pack up and drive 9 hours to North Alabama Saturday, play a practice round on Sunday, and then will battle it out among a strong field on Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s round will consist of 2 rounds or 36 holes, and Tuesdays 18 holes will conclude the tournament.

The Crusaders, coached by Robbie Edwards, are coming off back-to-back disappointing tournaments to start the season, but will fight back this week to salvage what is left of the semester. NGU Men’s Golf started their season on the road at King University’s event, The King Invitational. The second event was held just one week later, at The Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate, hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University. The Crusaders placed 3rd out of 8 teams in Bristol and finished 6th out of 16 teams in Myrtle Beach. The Crusaders have put together a few good rounds, but just haven’t quite put all the pieces together at the same time to produce the excellence they long to achieve.

The first tournament of the year was held at Bristol Country Club in Bristol, Tennessee, a course that has been good to NGU Golf over the past two years. In the past two years, the Crusaders have posted some impressive results at BCC, including 2 individual titles, 1 team victory, lowest team score for one round in school history (269), and a personal, school, and course record of 62 was also posted by Evan Gfeller during his freshman year campaign.

The Crusaders headed into the week with lots of confidence, but didn’t quite play as well as they intended to. Pfeiffer University shot a surprising round of -2, 278 and took the early lead over the Crusaders, who shot +5, 285. The second round produced more of the same for the Crusaders, posting a score of +6, 286, good enough for a 3rd place finish behind champions Pfeiffer University and runner-up, Erskine College.

The Crusaders were lead by co-captain and Junior, Evan Gfeller, who posted scores of 70 (E) and 71 (+1); good enough for a solo 10th place finish. The other co-captain, Christian Constance, followed him up with solid rounds of 69 (-1) and 73 (+3), which placed him in a tie for 11th place. Other performances included: Seth Robinson, 73-70 (t15), Chase Fisher, 73-72 (t18), and Ethan “Smoothie” Breeden completed his first ever colligate event finishing with 75-76 (t29).

The second tournament that NGU Men’s Golf competed in this semester was the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate, where the Crusaders posted the lowest single round team score under new Head Coach Robbie Edwards, with a score of -1, 287 to open up the tournament. The Crusaders were in second place after round 1, only behind Duke University who fired a very low round of -13 (275). NGU couldn’t get anything going in round 2, leading to a disappointing round of +13 (301), leaving them in the 6th place position to end the tournament. Individual scores included: Evan Gfeller, 71-72 (t7), Seth Robinson, 71-74 (t13), Ethan Breeden, 70-79 (t26), Chase Fisher, 75-76 (t38), and Christian Constance, 78-81 (82). North Greenville showed a lot of positives during this tournament, and is definitely riding some momentum heading into this big event at North Alabama.