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Ada, MICH. -- After two rounds of golf in a competitive eight-team field, the Holy Cross Saints overcame late surges from the competition to pick up their second consecutive team championship at the Taylor University Fall Invitational played at Egypt Valley Country Club. The Saints had five scores in the 70s, including senior captain Matthew Code's (Belleville, Ontario, Canada) tournament-best two-under-par 142 to take home the individual medalist honor.
"There are some tough holes out there, but we toughed it out and held it together," said head coach Tim Holt. "This is a great tournament, strong field and really good golf course. It has risk and reward with the way it was set up, and all the guys played hard and had some really good scores."
The Saints opened up round one of the Taylor University Fall Invitational with a four-stroke lead after the top four scores combined for a round total of 305.
Matthew Code led the way for the Saints with a two-under-par score of 70 to sit in front of the pack. Cody Richardson (Howe, Ind.) and Chris Noble (Niles, Mich.) each finished with a score of 78 through the first day. Rounding out the Saints on day one, Ted Rider (Vicksburg, Mich.) and Michael Fitzgerald (Flossmoor, Ill.) each scored 79 and 81 respectively.
In day two, the Saints continued their strong play, holding off late comebacks from Taylor (Ind.) and Wheaton (Ill.). Their final round of 301 clinched a tournament-low team score of 606 and their second consecutive championship.
Once again, Code led the Saints with an even par score of 72 to finish with a tournament-low score of 142 (-2). Cody Richardson and Ted Rider closed out day two with scores of 75; Richardson finished with a tournament total of 153 and a 10th place individual finish while Rider, just one stroke off, finished tied for 11th. Fitzgerald closed out his round with a day two score of 79 and a tournament score of 160 while Noble closed out with an 80 on day two and a tournament score of 158.
In the end, the Saints edged out tournament hosts Taylor University and Wheaton College by six strokes despite a second round comeback.
"When Matthew plays well the other guys kind of feed off him," Holt continued. "The guy is so steady, an automatic score between 70 and 75 almost every time out, and the guys know that and I think that it takes pressure off them because we always have that score to fall back on."
The Saints will close out the fall season at Deere Run Golf Course in Silvis, Ill. for the NAIA Midwest Invitational. The 36-hole event is scheduled to begin play on Monday, October 14.