(Notre Dame , IN) The men's golf team battled to yet another runner-up finish at Tannenhauf Golf Course in Alliance, Ohio yesterday.
For the third time in as many tries the men's golf team has gone home with a silver medal. Holy Cross shot sub-300 both days but ultimately fell to hosting powerhouse Malone University.
Sophomore Mike Fitzgerald (Flossmoor, IL) placed highest for the Saints and tied for third overall with a very tidy two-under par score of 142 (70-72).
Not far behind was junior Mike Prior (Schoolcraft, MI) who turned in a pair of 74's and tied for ninth overall with a four-over par score of 148.
Freshman Chris Noble (Niles, MI) continued to impress, firing a 73-76 for a five-over par 149 and tied for thirteenth with sophomore Matt Code (Ontario, Canada) who also shot 73-76 for the tournament.
Rounding out the leaderboard for the Saints was senior Eric Hartstein (South Bend, IN) who recorded scores of 75 and 79, good for a ten-over par score of 154.
As a team, the Saints turned in a two-day score of 588 (+12), only to be bested by host Malone University, which posted a 578 (+2) clearing the Saints by ten shots.
The Saints performance cannot be praised enough, by giving perennial powerhouse Malone University all they could handle. The Pioneers, which have placed first in their conference every year since 1998, won the entire NAIA championship in 2000. Through this year, the Pioneers are ranked 6th in the country with the 5th best scoring average of 74.02.
The Saints proved they belonged with some of the elite programs across the NAIA this past tournament, displaying consistent scoring, along with poise and composure on the golf course.
The Saints are back to the links again at Blackthorn Golf Club September 23rd and 24th.