Hawk golf wallows through Towson Spring Invitational


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Senior Nick Markham keeps his eye on the ball as he aims for the fairway.

Dan Flatley, Crier Staff

The Saint Anselm golf team finished the Towson Spring Invitational with a final score of 654, which left them in 20th place for the tournament.   This score was good for 78 over par overall for the entire tournament.

The Towson Spring Invitational consisted of 22 teams total.  Saint Anselm beat out Stevenson University and Maryland Eastern Shore University, which scored 660 and 767, respectively.  Elon University finished in first by shooting 587 overall, which was one shot better than host Towson University.

For every tournament that Saint Anselm plays in, they send five members of the 13-player team.  Only the top four scores for each team count on each day of the tournament.  For this tournament head coach Frank Driscoll decided to bring sophomore Stephen Hunt, junior Joseph Brunelle, senior Jack Ball, sophomore Jack Dowding, and junior Thaddeus Link down to the tournament held at the Prospect Bay Golf Club in Grasonville, Maryland on March 25 and 26.

Hunt performed the best on the team by finishing in a tie for 67th place overall, shooting a two-day score of 158.  That score was 14 shots over par.  Brunelle finished tied for 88th overall, Ball finished tied for 103rd, Dowding finished in 112th, and Link finished in a tie for 114th place overall.

Brunelle shot a two-day 161, which was 17 shots over par.  Ball shot a 174, which was 30 shots over par.  Dowding shot a 170, which was 26 shots over par.  Finally, Link shot a 167, which was 23 over par.

The scores that were dropped were Tad Link’s first round 85 and Jack Ball’s second day 91.

The team was not happy with the results of the tournament, as they were confidant in a great showing going into the tournament.

Junior Joseph Brunelle stated, “It was a very well put together tournament and it was the toughest field we’ve ever competed against. We were all a little disappointed in how we played but we went in knowing that it was going to be difficult with the lack of golf we have played. We look forward to continue working hard in order to hopefully improve for the next tournament.”

Brunelle mentioned that the team has not played many practice rounds recently because of the weather and snow.  Most golf courses are not open yet in order to let the course itself grow and stay health.  This can cause some to get rusty with their game, and shoot tough scores, according to Brunelle and other team members.

Junior Thaddeus Link commented, “I think it was a bit of a struggle for us out there this weekend but at the same time it was tough to set high expectations given the current snow situation we have up here.  All in all, though we all just enjoyed finally being able to get out there again and play golf in some half-decent weather.”

The Saint Anselm golf team plays in their final tournament of the year on April 13 and 14 in Baldwinsville, NY at the Timber Banks Golf Club.