FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Back on the course for the first time since early October, the Goshen College men's golf team took 11th place at the University of Saint Francis Spring Invitational Friday and Saturday.
Played at the 6,736-year par 72 links of Brookwood Golf Club, more than 50 golfers from across Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin competed in the event.
The Maple Leafs carded a 332 on opening day and showed their consistency with a 335 in the second round on Saturday for a two-day total of 667. The Friday total was the team's best since firing a 324 at the Spring Arbor Invitational last fall.
Sophomore Ben Pollitt was the low man for Goshen on both days. His opening day 74 was a career low and had him in 10th place after one round. He carded a 78 on day two and finished 17th overall. Pollitt played the par 5's two-under par for the weekend and the par 4's just three over.
Freshman Brian Charles posted a solid opening round of 81, while junior Hayden Goerzen finished with an 81 in round two, shaving eight strokes on his second run through Brookwood. Freshman Alejandro Genis fought a back injury to card identical 88's in each round.
"It was a good start to the spring for Ben," head coach Allison Bailey said. "Brian played well and worked on staying positive after mistakes. Hayden made a huge comeback from day one. He birdied back-to-back holes today that he had doubled the previous day."
The Maple Leafs will be back on the course when they compete in the Battle at Blackthorn next weekend in South Bend.
Goshen College - 332, 335 - 667
Ben Pollitt - 74, 78 - 152
Brian Charles - 81, 88 - 169
Hayden Goerzen - 89, 81 - 170
Alejandro Genis - 88, 88 - 176