(Fort Wayne, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints men's golf team completed their 3rd top 3 finish Tuesday evening with a 2nd place finish at the USF Cougar Fall Invitational. Out of the 12 teams that participated, the Saints score of 609 was good enough to get them a runner-up finish behind tournament champions Bethel College.
After starting the tournament in 5th place, the Saints rallied on Tuesday to post a round low total of 300, and had 4 of their 5 golfers finish the tournament in the top 13.
Matthew Code (Belleville, Ontario, Canada) led the Saints with a tournament total of 150 (75, 75). Code's scores were good enough for a tie for 4th place individually. This is also the 4th straight tournament Code has led the Saints with the low score.
Captain Mike Prior (Schoolcraft, Mich.) completed the tournament with a total of 152 (78, 74). Prior's day two score of 74 gave him a tie for the low round of the day. The individual finish of 6th place is the season high for Prior, and this is the 4th straight tournament he has finished in the top 15 individually.
Sophomore Chris Noble (Niles, Mich.) finished with a tournament total of 153 (78, 75) which was good enough for a top 10 finish (t9th). This is Noble's first top 10 finish of the fall season, and his second top 15 finish in the four matches played.
Junior Michael Fitzgerald (Flossmoor, Mich.) rounds out the Saints four golfers who finished in the top 13. With a tournament total of 154 (78, 76) which was good enough for a 13th place finish. This was the second top 15 finish for Fitzgerald this season.
Freshmen John Schrader (Niles, Mich.) rounded out the Saints golfers with a tournament total of 167 (82, 85). Of the two matches Schrader has participated in, the USF Cougar Fall Invitational was the low total of the fall campaign for the freshmen.
"I was really impressed with how the guys battled back in day two after the tough first round," said Saints head coach Tim Holt. "I thought they played the course really well and really came out ready to move up the leaderboard. Our day two low round showed the kind of composure our players really have, and that they won't let one tough day get them down."
The Saints will head to their final tournament of the fall season next Monday and Tuesday for the Ashford Invitational at Short Hills Country Club.