FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Playing in their first invitational of the spring, the Huntington golf team had a solid outing to finish fifth at the University of Saint Francis Invitational at Brookwood Golf Club over the weekend.
Originally slated to be a two-day tournament, Friday’s weather put a damper on those plans as final results were only based on 18 holes played on Saturday. The Foresters posted a 305, three strokes behind 4th-place Taylor.
Leading the way for HU was Ryan Boester who shot a 73 to finish in a tie for third out of 60 golfers. Devin Dale and Lance Hoch each carded a 77 while Derek Zurcher rounded out HU’s scoring with a 78. Playing in his first collegiate match, Drew Benedict turned in an 84.
“This was by far our best tournament performance of the year. It's exciting to see improvement in some of the guys from where they were in the fall,” said head coach Mark Green. “Derek Zurcher is really starting to show some signs of turning his game around a little bit. His swing is getting better and more consistent. Ryan Boester only hit five greens in regulations but still had a solid round of 73.
“The weather conditions were tough for everyone but the guys really worked hard to put up some good scores. I was very proud of all of them for the effort and positive attitudes.”
Mount Vernon captured the invitational title with a 292 followed by Indiana Tech (295), Bethel (299), Taylor (302), HU (305), Trine (307), Saint Francis (315), Grace (317), Aquinas (336) and Marygrove (378).
The Foresters return to action on Wednesday when they play in the A.C. Eddy Spring Classic hosted by Trine University.