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South Bend, IND. -- The Holy Cross Saints men's golf team continued the fall season with their second consecutive top-5 finish at the Battle at Blackthorn over the weekend. After sitting in fourth place through day one, the Saints climbed one spot on the final day to finish the tournament in third place.
A round one team score of 309 had the Saints ten strokes behind the tournament leaders of Cardinal Stritch (Wisc.) University.
"I thought we had a good opportunity heading into day two," stated head coach Tim Holt. "We did some good things on day one, and I felt with our experience we had the opportunity to make up ground on the field."
Four of the five Saints golfers opened up round one with scores in the 70s, led by Michael Fitzgerald (Flossmoor, Ill.) who finished with a round one score of 75 to place him in a tie for fourth place individually.
Matthew Code (Belleville, Ontario, Canada) saw himself in a tie for 12th place individually after a round one score of 77.
Chris Noble (Niles, Mich.) also cracked the top-20 individually for the Saints after a round one score of 78.
"We knew there was still work to be done," said Holt regarding the fourth place stance after round one. "Execution was necessary on day two for us to move up in the rankings."
The Saints saw themselves move up one spot in the final rankings after a day two team score of 303. The finish gives them back-to-back top-3 finishes to open up the season.
Matthew Code's impressive even par round two helped him climb into the top-5 individually with a fifth place finish.
Michael Fitzgerald's round two score of 80 gave him an event total of 155 and an 18th place individual finish.
Junior Chris Noble stayed consistent in the tournament and shot another 78 for a 36-hole total of 156.
Both Ted Rider and Cody Richardson dropped strokes off their round one scores. Rider shot a 78 on round two for a 36-hole total of 157 while Richardson dropped eight strokes off on round two with a 75. He finished with a 36-hole total of 158.
The tournament hosts, Bethel College, came back to win the tournament with a team score of 604.
"I thought we did a solid job collectively on day two," continued Holt. "While we didn't win the tournament, we remained a factor on day tow. I believe you'll see us continuously move in the right direction as the season progresses."
The Saints will resume action beginning on Monday, September 30th at the Oakland City University Invitational at Country Oaks Golf Course. The two-day event will conclude on Tuesday, October 1st.