Huntington, Ind. - Playing in their first invitational of the spring, the HU golf team overcame a slow start to shoot a 606 and bring home a first place finish at the University of Saint Francis Invitational on April 8-9.
After rain pushed back the start time, the Foresters along with ten other teams struggled to play round one on a wet and sloppy Noble Hawk Golf Course on Friday. At day's end, HU shot a 309 and found themselves down five strokes to Indiana Tech.
"It was a disappointing 309 score, but understandable given the conditions," commented Coach Mark Green. "We knew that we had a lot of work to do to catch a pretty good Indiana Tech team."
Day two of the invitational, held at Cobblestone Golf Club, proved to be an exciting day for the Foresters as they stormed back to shoot a 297 and capture the title. Jordan Dawes took top medalist honors with a 146 (75, 71). Cory Powell tied for seventh overall with a 152 (78, 74). Josh Teulker and Mickey Belt both shot a 155 with scores of 79, 76 and 77, 78 respectively and Matt Wilson finished with a 159 (83, 76).
"I was really happy for Jordan. He really fought to get his score to under par," said Coach Green. "He was two over after his first ten holes and ended with a birdie and an eagle on his final eight holes to shoot a 71."
The highlight of the day came when Seth Robertson accomplished what many golfers only dream of doing - a hole in one. His history-making shot came on hole number 12, a 200 yard par three hole.
"He hit it absolutely perfectly and the ball just rolled about 20 feet right in the hole," commented Coach Green. "Overall the team played very well to come back and beat Indiana Tech. Making up five strokes against a good team is difficult to do. The guys should be very happy with themselves after coming back and winning this tournament."
Indiana Tech finished second behind the Foresters with a 608 followed by Bethel (610), Saint Francis (617), Taylor (621), Grace (633), Aquinas (634), Mount Vernon Nazarene (635), SCAD Atlanta (646), Purdue Calumet (687) and Goshen (717).
With this win, the Foresters improve to 57-3 on the year.