(Marian, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints men's golf team opened up their fall season with a first place finish at the Indiana Wesleyan Fall Invitational. After finishing day one tied for the lead, the Saints were able to pull away on the final day with the help from junior Michael Fitzgerald's (Flossmoor, Ill.) tournament low 3 under par 69 at Meshingomesia Country Club.
Entering the season off of a 14th place finish at the National Tournament last May, the Saints were looking to come out of the gates with a strong start.
"It was great to get off to such a good start by winning the first tournament of the season," said Saints head coach Tim Holt. It was a very competitive field and I'm proud of how well the guys handled being tied for the lead after the first day."
Junior's Matthew Code (Belleville, Ontario, Canada) and Michael Fitzgerald (Flossmoor, Ill.) led the Saints and finished the tournament tied for 3rd with a score of 146.
Senior Mike Prior (Schoolcraft, Mich.) posted tournament totals of 78 and 72 for a combined 150 for the tournament which was good enough for a 7th place finish individually.
Sophomore Chris Noble (Niles, Mich.) posted back to back 76's for a tournament total of 152 and a 12th place individual finish. This gave the Saints four players scoring in the top 12 individually.
Freshmen Cody Richardson (Howe, Ind.) and Michael Bush participated in thier first collegiate tournaments. Richardson posted scores of 79 and 85 for a tournament total of 164. Bush posted scores of 73 (first day low) and 92 for a tournament total of 165.
"We had great production from all six guys who participated," said head coach Tim Holt. "Having 4 guys finish in the top 12 is incredible. I was impressed with how Cody and Michael were able to come in as freshmen and contribute right away. There's clearly a lot of talent on this team, and we're excited to see where we can take our games this season."
The win for the Saints comes at a good time as it gives the team confidence heading into the Holy Cross Invitational they will be hosting on September 17th and 18th.
"Making the National Tournament last year has put a target on our back this year, as teams are fired up to plays us," said head coach Tim Holt. "We handled the pressure very well, and I think this will give us the confidence to keep this momentum going."
The Saints will host the Holy Cross Invitational next Monday and Tuesday at local Warren Golf Course.