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Silvis, ILL. -- In the largest tournament field the Saints have ever taken part of during the fall season, consisting of 20 teams, the men's golf team closed out the fall season with a fifth place finish at the NAIA Midwest Invitational. Sitting in 10th place after round one, the Saints came out firing on all cylinders in the final round at TPC Deere Run with low round of the day at 297. The score for the Saints propelled them up five spots in the final rankings, trailing third place by only one stroke.
"It was a great effort from the guys on day two to play the way they did," head coach Tim Holt said. "Although we're disappointed we fell just one-stroke short of third place, I'm very pleased with their performance. It was a good way to end the fall season."
The Saints opened up round one of the NAIA Midwest Invitational sitting in 10th place after a team score of 310. Three of the four counted scores were in the 70's, led by freshman Ted Rider (Vicksburg, Mich.) who shot 74, placing him in a tie for 12th individually.
Captains Michael Fitzgerald (Flossmoor, Ill.) and Matthew Code (Belleville, Ontario, Canada) contributed scores of 76 and 78, while Chris Noble (Niles, Mich.) and Cody Richardson (Howe, Ind.) rounded out the first round with scores of 82 and 85 respectively.
Despite sitting in 10th place, the Saints were just a few strokes off a majority of the teams ahead of them.
On day two, the team put together an impressive team round, scoring the lowest score amongst all 20 teams with a 297.
This time around, four of the five Saints golfers scored in the 70's and three posted lower rounds than on day one.
Cody Richardson saw the most drastic drop in scores as he closed out the tournament with a day two score of 74, 11 strokes off his round one score. Richardson jumped up from an 85th place individual ranking to a tie for 50th with his 36-hole total of 159.
Chris Noble also saw significant improvement in round two as he finished with a score of 74, eight strokes off his day one total. Noble finished with a 36-hole total of 156 and a tie for 35th individually.
Senior captain Matthew Code closed out the tournament with a day two score of 81, giving him a 36-hole score of 159 to tie with Richardson for 50th individually.
Ted Rider and senior captain Michael Fitzgerald both cracked the top 12 individually for the Saints in the 98-man field. Rider finished day two with a score of 75 and a 36-hole total of 149 to lead the Saints. He finished tied for 9th individually. Fitzgerald took two strokes off his day one score and finished with a 74 on day two, giving him a 36-hole total of 150 and a tie for 12th individually.
The Saints close out the fall season with a top-5 finish in every event, including two team championships.
"I thought we had a very productive fall," continued Holt. "We saw a lot of good golf from all of our guys over the course of the season and I really think we're ready to make a run come the spring season."
With the fall season completed, the Saints will enjoy some off time until the spring season where they will make at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Championship. As always, stay tuned to our site for updates leading up to the spring season!