(South Bend, IN) The men's golf team competed at The Battle at Blackthorn this weekend hosted by Bethel College.
The Saints placed 2nd among 15 teams in the two-day, 36-hole event that took place Friday and Saturday at nearby Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Indiana.
The Saints were one off the pace after the first day and trailed only Marian University, who took the day one honors with a team score of 294.
The Saints shot 295 on day one, lead by a solid performance by senior Eric Hartstein (South Bend, Indiana) who was in a three-way tie for the lead overall with a one-under par 71.
Hartstein was followed by sophomore Matt Code (Ontario, Canada) who posted a two-over par 74, good for 6th overall.
Junior Mike Prior (Schoolcraft, Michigan), and sophomore Michael Fitzgerald (Flossmoor, Illinois) both shot three-over par rounds of 75, and freshman Chris Noble (Niles, Michigan) recorded a 76.
After day one, head coach Tim Holt had this to say about his team: "I was proud of how well we played today and how we avoided any big mistakes...I felt like we were in a good position to compete for the win on day two."
On day two, the Saints were again looking for the win after putting themselves right in the mix the day before. Eric Hartstein shot 76, for a two-day total of 147 and a tie for 6th place overall. Chris Noble fought back during round two and carded a 74, good for a 150 (+6) and tie with Mike Fitzgerald's 75 for 11th overall.
Matt Code shot 78 on day two and Mike Prior shot 77 which tied them for 16th overall with 152 (+8).
Holy Cross shot a team score of 302, for a total of 597, only to be topped by Huntington University, who beat the Saints by three strokes by recording a 594 (+18).
"I felt like we had a good chance to win given that our guys know Blackthorn real well," said coach Holt after the tournament, "but we have to learn how to finish. Our scoring average on the second day of a tournament is six strokes higher than day one...we need to keep our intensity up for all 36 holes."
Holy Cross has finished second all four tournaments this fall.
Holy Cross will travel to Olivet Nazarene Septemeber 30th and 31st for their next tournament.