Men’s Golf Finish 11th

Andrew McClung, Sports Editor •

The Emory & Henry’s Men’s Golf team kicked off the 2017-2018 season at the Tom Kinder Memorial at Bridgewater College’s, where the team would finish in 11th place.

Originally planned to be played as a two day 36 hole event, but weather concerns pushed the tournament to be played all on Monday.

The leader for the Wasps was Carlos Andrade, who continued his hot streak from last spring by earning a top ten finish, ultimately tying for 9th with an even par at 144.

Sophomore Ben Owen finished at 156 to finish in a tie for 45th, and right behind him was freshman Blake Benson who finished at 160, good to place just inside the top 60 at 59th.

Junior Wes Blaylock finished fourth for Emory finishing with 161, tying for 63rd. Coming in right behind Blaylock was freshman Wesley Jones, who finished at 170.

Guilford College won the team title, with a 16 under par score of 560 to win by 20 strokes. The Quakers saw three of their players finish in the top five of a field that saw 90 players.

North Carolina Wesleyan College was the tournament runner-up while Ferrum College took third.

The overall winner for individuals was Ferrum’s Lance Keiser, who finished at 132.

Despite not finishing in the top ten in the tournament, sophomore Luke Montalbano remains optimistic.

“I feel like we got a lot of potential, but we still have work to do. The first round at Bridgewater was tough, but we were very competitive in round 2. Once we can turn our potential into talent we can be really competitive with some solid teams.”

Montalbano also spoke about the teams expectations, “I feel like we can exceed expectations. We have 12 guys on this roster that can compete at a high level. It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication from everyone on this team.

When asked what the team needs to do to succeed, Montalbano responded.

“We just need to stay focused, do the little things, and just get a little better each day.”

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