(Hammond, IN) The Holy Cross Men's Golf Team participated in the CCAC Golf Championships this week. The winner would have the right to an automatic bid in the NAIA National Tournament in Salem, Oregon on May 22nd-25th.
After the second round the golf team was celebrating as it took home the CCAC Title winning by a whopping twenty three strokes well ahead of the runner-up, St. Francis. This is the first title for the men's golf team, and the first CCAC Title for any sport at Holy Cross. They will also be the first team at Holy Cross to compete in the NAIA National Championships.
Junior Mike Prior (Schoolcraft, MI) earned first place medalist honors shooting a total score of 147 for the tournament. With the win, Prior also earns First Team All CCAC, and Golfer of the Year in the CCAC. This is the first time a player in any sport has won player of year for a sport at Holy Cross.
Sophomore Matthew Code (Ontario, Canada) and senior Eric Hartstein (South Bend, IN) were also named First Team All CCAC as they finished runner-up, two strokes off of Prior. Sophomore Michael Fitzgerald (Flossmoor, IL) was awarded Second Team All CCAC as he finished seventh with a final score of 155.
"I am just so proud of the boys. They have worked so hard to achieve their goal of making it to the NAIA National Tournament that I just could not be happier. This is huge deal for our program, and Holy Cross Athletics, and I just couldn't be happier," said Head Coach Tim Holt.
The golf team will travel across the country to compete in the championships. They travel to Salem, Oregon, and they will be playing at Sandy Creek Golf Club on May 22nd through the 25th.