(French Lick, IN) The Holy Cross Men's Golf Team took the links over the past couple of days down in southern Indiana at the Thrill at the Hill Invitational at Donald Ross Golf Course.
The men shot an opening round 323 at the very challenging Donald Ross Course that put them in fifth, and twenty strokes off the leader and eventual winner Ilinois Wesleyan. Sophomore Matthew Code (Ontario, Canada) and junior Mike Prior (Schoolcraft, MI) paced the Saints with opening round 80s which was good for ten over par, but helped the Saints remain in contention for a top five finish in the field of fifteen.
The second round proved to be much more friendly as the Saints shot fourteen shots better to finish with a second round team score of 309. The Saints were unable to move up from the fifth position, but were able to hold onto that fifth spot giving them a top five finish in a very tough field.
Prior shot a second round 77 to give him a score of +17 for the tournament which was good for a sixteenth place finish. Senior Eric Hartstein (South Bend, IN) battled back from an opening round 81 to shoot a team best 76 on day two. His 76 propelled him into tying for sixteenth place with teammate Prior.
"I thought we bounced back from day one. It was a tough first day for everyone, but Wesleyan was just able to navigate the course better which allowed them to get a big opening day lead. I was proud of the way the guys fought back in the second round to hold onto the fifth spot. We just have to do a better job of coming out on the first day, and posting a better score," said Head Coach Tim Holt.
The Men's Golf Team has finished in the top five of their past two tournaments. They play this weekend on March 30th and March 31st at Indiana Wesleyan at Meshingomesia Country Club in Marion, Indiana.