Pineville, KY - The Montreat College men's golf team continued their fall season by traveling to Pineville, Kentucky to compete in the Bulldog Fall Invitational, hosted by Union College this past Monday and Tuesday. The men played balanced golf over the course of the two-day tournament and finished 7th overall with a team score of 621.
On Monday, the team was on the same page as Dylan Jones (SR/Mill Spring, NC), Taylor Johnson (JR/Statesville, NC), Luke McGann (FR/Cary, NC), and Phillip Westberry (FR/Snellville, GA) all posted 77. The total score of 308 had the men sitting in 6th place as a team heading into the second round. On Tuesday, Jones led the way with a 73, with Johnson matching his day one total with another 77. The day two team score of 313 pushed the Cavaliers back to 7th place as a team.
"The guys fought hard this week," said head coach John Sullivan. "This is one of the tougher courses we play throughout the season. It's exciting to watch their games progress each week. Each tournament gets us one step closer to where we want to be".
The team will return to action October 19th-20th as they travel to Laurinburg, NC to compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Fall Championship.
Waleska, GA - The Montreat College men's golf team traveled to Georgia for a two-day tournament hosted by AAC rival Reinhardt University on September 28th-29th. Competing in their first event of the season, the men used a 16 stroke improvement on day two to vault them into 7th place as a team, just one stroke behind 6th place Brewton-Parker.
Dylan Jones led the Cavaliers on both days, opening up with a 76 on Monday and finishing the tournament with an even par round of 72 on Tuesday for a total score of 148. Phillip Westberry (FR/Snellville, GA) also had a great outing in his collegiate debut, posting a steady 77-76 effort for a total of 153. Trey Goodson (FR/Jacksonville, NC) was also competing for the first time as a collegiate golfer and, after posting an 88 on the first day, rebounded nicely to post a 74 on Tuesday (162 total). The freshman duo of Ander Crenshaw (FR/Suwanee, GA) (81-84; 165 total) and Tyler Stott (FR/Boiling Springs, SC) (91-85; 176 total) rounded out the team effort for the Cavaliers. Other notable scores include Taylor Johnson (JR/Statesville, NC) with a two day total of 148 (74-74) to record his first top ten finish of the season. Luke McGann (FR/Cary, NC) also made a strong debut, finishing 19th overall with a two day toal of 152 (77-75).
"I could not be more proud of the way the guys played this week," said head coach John Sullivan. "The Lord blessed us with an incredible recruiting class and I was very eager to see how they would play in their first outing. We've put a lot of time in preparing and came determined to make a big statement and I think we definitely turned some heads. There's unlimited potential on this team, and while the learning curve and maturation process will take time, I'm very excited about the future of golf here at Montreat."
The men's golf team returns to action October 5th-6th at the Union College Bulldog Invitational in Barbourville, KY.