Sports Information Director
LONDON, Ky. – The Holy Cross men's golf team opened up their spring season this week as participants in the 22nd Annual SEKI Tournament at Crooke Creek Golf Course. After three rounds in challenging weather, the Saints concluded the tournament with a fifth place finish out of the nine-team field with a tournament score of 941. The result gives the Saints their sixth consecutive top-five finish dating back to the fall season.
In their first tournament since being named in the NAIA top-25, the Saints had their most successful round as a group in the first round of day one after scoring a team round of 301 and trailing the tournament hosts from Cumberlands (Ky.) by just one stroke. At the conclusion of day one, the Saints found themselves in sixth place with a 36-hole score of 621.
The Saints closed out the final round of the tournament on Tuesday with a team score of 320 to finish their spring opener with a top-five finish.
Michael Fitzgerald (SR/Flossmoor, Ill.) and Matthew Code (SR/Belleville, Ontario, Canada) each finished in the top-10 individually for the Saints. Fitzgerald posted rounds of 72, 78 and 74 for a tournament score of 221 to garner a fifth place finish while Code produced scores of 71, 76 and 78 for an event score of 225 and a sixth place finish.
Ted Rider (FR/Vicksburg, Mich.) finished the event ranked in the top-20 after posting rounds of 75, 76 and 84 to finish in a tie for 18th. Drew Brodbeck (SR/Stillwater, Minn.), competing in his first collegiate event, posted rounds of 84, 78 and 81 (243) to finish in a tie for 31st.
"We came into our first tournament of the spring a little cold, since we hadn't played a round yet this season, and left Kentucky even colder," first year head coach T.J. Mannen joked regarding the weather. "The team finished fifth, but I was very impressed with our perseverance in the fact that we played in extreme temperatures and conditions.
"Mike (Fitzgerald) and Matthew (Code) did a great job throughout the event and both garnered top-six finishes. Our freshman Ted (Rider) continued his strong first season with a top-20 finish while Drew (Brodbeck) contributed very well as an individual in his first-ever collegiate event. I'm looking forward to better weather and even better performances by this talented squad."
The Saints will return to the links on April 7 and 8 as they head to the NAIA Classic at Brickyard Golf Course in Indianapolis, Ind.