(Marion, Ind.) Leading by one stroke after day one the Saints golf team held on for their second straight tournament victory of the spring season Saturday at the Indiana Wesleyan University Spring Invitational.
After battling high winds and cold temperatures in their first tournament of the year the Saints were forced to once again play in poor weather conditions. The Saints held a one shot lead over host Indiana Wesleyan University after the first round with a team score 300. Junior Eric Hartstein (South Bend, Ind.) led the field with a day one score 71 and Matthew Code (Ontario, Canada) was close behind with a first round 74.
Throughout the second day both Holy Cross and Indiana Wesleyan played close throughout, but it was the Saints prevailing as both teams finished day two with a 308. Spring Arbor (634), Cornerstone (635), Calumet College (661), and Grace Bible (863) finished out the 6 team field.
"It wasn't our best effort but we managed to pull out the win," said Head Coach Tim Holt. "I feel like the team is headed in the right direction and we will continue to work hard to improve our game."
For the second straight week and fourth time in his Holy Cross career, Eric Hartstein took home the individual tournament title. Hartstein shot a two day even par 144 at Meshingomesia Country Club. Finishing 3 strokes back and second overall was Matthew Code with a two day score 147.
"I am very proud of Eric and Matt for their good play and leadership on the course," said Coach Holt.
Mike Prior (Schoolcraft, Mich.) finished 8th overall with a 157 and Tyler Alge (Huron, Ohio) finished the event placing 13th with a two round 157.
In the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll, the Saints received votes. Holy Cross will be back in action April 8th and 9th at the NAIA Classic at the Brickyard Crossing in Indianapolis, IN. This event will feature 14 of the top teams in the NAIA.