JACKSON, Mich. - All five players posted a new career low in one of the two rounds and the Goshen College men's golf team improved its team score for the second and third time of the season as they finished 11th at the Spring Arbor University Bill Bockwitz Intercollegiate this weekend.
Sophomore Ben Pollitt had the best showing, including a career low 76 in round one with a birdie, eagle finish. He helped the Maple Leafs post a 333 on day one, while the four scored positions all carded 83 or lower on day two for a 324.
Freshman Alejandro Genis also posted a career low in the opening round. Despite having 37 putts, he carded an 81. "Day one was a good learning experience for most and they all finished strong to head into the second day," head coach Allison Bailey explained.
Freshman Brian Charles and junior Hayden Goerzen each posted career lows of 80 on day two leading the team to a nine-stroke improvement despite cold and wet raining conditions. They both left room for improvement, though, according to Bailey.
"I think Brian hit two fairways and played from the tress all day," she explained. "He had a frustrating start and after a pep talk, pared four tough holes in a row. His putting saved him, so once he gets his driver, irons, and putting working at the same time, I anticipate rounds in the 70's. Hayden was only two over through 11 holes and had a great comeback round."
Goshen will be back in action on Monday and Tuesday as they compete in the Battle at Blackthorn in South Bend.
11. Goshen College - 333, 324 - 657
Ben Pollitt - 76, 81 - 157
Brian Charles - 84, 80 - 164
Alejandro Genis - 81, 83 - 164
Hayden Goerzen - 92, 80 - 172
Jake Smucker - 104, 102 - 206