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London, KY. -- The Holy Cross Saints men's golf team opened up the 2013 fall season with an impressive second place finish in the Bill Sergent Invitational. The Saints shot a team score of 594 over the 36-hole event, and trailed to only the tournament hosts, University of the Cumberlands.
"There was a lot of good golf played by our guys in this event," stated head coach Tim Holt. "It was definitely a positive start to the season."
Fresh off a second place finish in last season's Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) tournament, the Saints continued their strong play to open the 2013 fall campaign.
A day one team score of 297 had the Saints just seven strokes behind the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.).
Chris Noble (Niles, Mich.) got the Saints off to a good start on day one with a round of 70 (-2). The round was the lowest in the young career of Chris Noble.
Senior captain Matthew Code (Belleville, Ontario, Canada) and freshman Ted Rider (Vicksburg, Mich.) contributed with even par rounds of 72.
Michael Fitzgerald (Flossmoor, Ill.) and Cody Richardson (Howe, Ind.) closed out the Saints round one total with scores of 83.
The Saints continued another strong round on day two of the event with four of the five players shooting 78 or less.
Freshman Ted Rider closed out his first collegiate tournament with a one under par score of 71 on day two. Rider finished the tournament with a 36-hole total of 143, a tie for second place, and made the All-Tournament team.
Matthew Code closed out the tournament with a ninth place finish and a round two score of 74, giving him a 36-hole total of 146.
Chris Noble shot a 78 on day two, giving him a 36-hole total of 148 and an 11th place individual finish.
Senior captain Michael Fitzgerald cut nine strokes off of his round one score to finish with a 74 and a 156 36-hole total.
Sophomore Cody Richardson rounded out the Saints scoring with a day two score of 83 to give him a 36-hole total of 166.
The Saints matched their round one total of 297 and finished 14-strokes behind the tournament champions from Cumberlands.
"This was a good test for our guys right out of the gate," continued Holt. "There were a number of talented teams in the field and we proved that we were one of the best. We will continue to work on refining our games and look forward to another successful season."
The Saints will return to the links beginning on Friday, September 13th for a 36-hole meet at the Battle at Blackthorn hosted by Bethel College.