(Joliet, IL) The men's golf team won their first tournament of the year this weekend at the Olivet Nazarene University Fall Invitational.
Earning a medal for their collective efforts is nothing new to the Saints, who took second place in all four consecutive tournaments this fall, before tasting victory for the first time in dominating fashion.
The Saints cleared the second place team, Robert Morris University, by an impressive 31 strokes.
Holy Cross won it with a two-day total of 604, almost 9 holes better than RMU's 635.The tournament was plagued with some nasty weather, but the Saints battled on.
And perhaps most impressive: all five Saints players were in the overall top 10.Sophomore Matt Code (Ontario, Canada) led the way for the Saints winning the tournament outright with a two-day total of 148. Code shot 76 on day one then closed with a very tidy 72 during the final round to take medalist honors.
"I was very proud of Matt Code for winning the individual title...He's been knocking on the door of winning, and he finally broke through", noted Head Coach Tim Holt after the round.Freshman Chris Noble (Niles, Michigan) shot 72-79, and junior Mike Prior (Schoolcraft, Michigan) carded 74-77 as they both finished with 151 and tied for third overall.
Sophomore Mike Fitzgerald (Flossmoor, Illinois) posted a score of 154, after rounds of 76 and 78. He placed in a tie for fourth overall.
Senior Eric Hartstein (South Bend, Indiana) rounded out the Saints lineup recording rounds of 77 and 80 en route to a 157 and a solo eighth place finish.
Holt was in good spirits after the round, noting that the Saints now have knocked down the ever-elusive victory barrier, and head into the last tournament of the year with some good momentum and experience: "This win will give us confidence for our next event and hopefully carry into next year."The Saints have placed in the top two in all five tournaments this fall.
The Saints take a small break from competition and travel to Ashford University for their final tournament October 17th and 18th.