(Indianapolis, Ind.) The men's golf team placed 9th out of 14 teams at the NAIA Classic this past Monday and Tuesday. Top teams from around the country competed at the par 72 Brickyard Crossing.
Tied for 7th place after day one the Saints shot a team score 306 trailing Johnson & Wales University (FL) and Malone University by 10 strokes.
"We didn't get off to the start we wanted to," said Head Coach Tim Holt. "I don't know if the guys were nervous, but I felt like we could have posted lower scores to keep us in the hunt."
Battling high winds and trailing by 10 strokes heading into the second day the Saints were unable to make up any ground shooting a second round team score 319.
"We tried too hard to make up ground on the second day," said Coach Holt. "We didn't relax and play like I know we can. Overall it was a good learning experience for the team and we will learn from our mistakes heading into the conference tournament."
Once again junior Eric Hartstein (South Bend, Ind.) led the Saints on the course. Hartstein shot a first round 73 and second round 75 tying him for 2nd place (+4) overall in the 75 man field. Matthew Code (Ontario, Canada) shot a combined 152 placing him 10th overall.
Rounding out the Saints scoring was Mike Prior (Schoolcraft, Mich.) with a 159, Peter Vrdolyak (Flossmore, Ill.) 168 and Tyler Alge (Huron, Ohio.) with a 173.
The Saints will play in their final tournament at the Battle at Blackthorn hosted by Bethel College (IN) before the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) tournament. Last fall the Saints finished third in the 14 team event.