(Notre Dame, Ind.) This past year the men's golf team has exploded onto the NAIA golf scene with 5 tournament victories, a pair of second place finishes and one 3rd place finish. This talented young group of men will look to continue their outstanding season this weekend at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) championship tournament.
A 1st place finish will give an automatic bid to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) men's golf National Championships May 24th - 27th, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
"We believe we can win the CCAC conference this year," said Head Coach Tim Holt. "We've been consistent in our play this semester, and I believe that will be the key for us."
The Saints will look for their first CCAC conference championship as well as first birth into the National Championship rounds this weekend. Holy Cross will be playing at the par 72, 6,700 yard Balmoral Woods Country Club in Crete, Ill. on April 22nd and 23rd.
"The forecast calls for bad weather, but we've played in those conditions all year and I think that will help us," said Coach Holt. "We need to stay patient and play one shot at a time, and if we do that we'll be fine.
The five man roster will include sophomore Tyler Kanczuzewski (South Bend, Ind.), freshman Mike Prior (Ontario, Canada), sophomore Matthew Code (Schoolcraft, Mich.), junior Eric Hartstein (South Bend, Ind.), and senior Tyler Alge (Huron, Ohio.).
Among their 5 tournament victories the Saints have set individual marks all year placing an individual 1st in 6 tournaments, 2nd in three tournaments and 3rd in three tournaments. Both Alge and Hartstein each set Holy Cross single round records in the fall. Hartstein was also named NAIA golfer of the week for the week of March 28th - April 3rd.
"We've had a good year, winning 5 of our 9 tournaments, and been in the top 10 in the other 4," said Holt. "We've put Holy Cross on the map, and now the bar has been raised. We're excited to finish the year strong."
The men's golf program is looking strong as it heads into the final weekend. The Saints have defeated all their conference opponents this spring and hold an 85 - 12 head to head mark against their competition this season.