Over Spring Break as the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott campus was enjoying a week hiatus, the men and women’s golf teams were hard at work. Not getting the deserved vacation like everyone else, the teams continued their outstanding season here at home at Antelope Hills golf course.
As usual the women and men competed separately representing Embry-Riddle on both sides of the field. Each team tied for the team championship, however to break the tie we used the 5th player’s score and in both cases we finished in second.
Northwood University won the team event with a total of 640 in the women’s tournament. Embry-Riddle finished second also with a 640 total. Embry-Riddle was led by Kelly Feng who was the individual medalist for the tournament with a two day total of 154. The Eagles posted our lowest competitive round this season with a 312 second day total which continues to show the progress that these ladies achieve every day.
Other tournament totals were Ellen Springs 161, Sarah Nishide 162, Calli Gallacher 163, and Claire Lucas 181. “I’m excited to see the ladies’ games coming together. We are driving the ball well and managing ourselves around the green. They have continued to improve each tournament,” says coach Kim Haddow, “They handled the pressure well and we had four scores in the 70’s which was a first for us.”
For the men, who also took second, Simpson University won the team event with a total of 579. On the second day, Embry- Riddle was led by Kale Davidson who turned in the low round of the tournament with a 67 finishing with a 2 day total of 144. Tyler Harrison and Ethan Harman both tied for first place with two other individuals with a 2 day total of 142. Co-medalist honors were awarded to each.
“We are excited to post scores that were under or close to par for both days. Being tied going into the final round allowed us to experience intense competition and we responded with a solid effort,” says Coach Mike Haddow. Other two day totals were John Carosello 150, Austin Sverdup 149, and Dylan Kinney 153. Playing as individuals Ethan Harman’s two day total was 142 and Bryan Winterling’s was 176. “As a whole we are starting to put the ball in the proper position off the tee which allows us to play aggressively toward tough pin placements. This in turn is giving us an opportunity to make birdies and shoot the low numbers.”
With a great showing at home the Eagles’ final regular season tournaments for both men’s and women’s teams were at Primm, Nevada, March 24-26. This was the final tournament before the CALPAC championship that the Eagles have a good chance of taking.
This is a great team that deserves our support as they continue to improve week after week.