(Kansas City, Mo.) For the first time in program history, the Holy Cross Men's Golf team was recognized for their efforts receiving 6 votes in the preseason National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Coaches' Poll.
Placing third or better in all 5 of their events this fall, the Saints surprised many in the field. Of the 5 events, the Saints won 2, including the New Balance Invitational at Glen Oaks as well as the USF 36 Hole Cougar Invite in Fort Wayne, Ind.
"We're honored that our fellow competitors recognized the results of our fall season," said Head Coach Tim Holt. "The guys worked very hard and their efforts paid dividends."
Led behind senior Tyler Alge (Huron, Ohio.) and junior transfer Eric Hartstein (South Bend, Ind.) the Saints seemed to set new school records each week. Alge set a single round school record 69 at the St. Francis Fall Classic only to be broken a week later by Hartstein when he shot a round of 62 at the Battle at Blackthorn. Hartstein finished that same round with a hole-in-one on the 13th hole.
The Saints also received great play throughout the season from both freshman Matthew Code (Ontario, Canada) and Mike Prior (Schoolcraft, Mich.).
"The team knows that we can't sneak up on anyone in the spring," said Holt. "We're working hard in the offseason and will be ready to go in March. We have 1 goal; Win the conference championship and advance to the NAIA national tournament."
The Saints will compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) tournament hosted by Olivet Nazarene University. The 60th annual NAIA national championships will be held from May 24th - 27th at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.