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Golf - Thu, May 4, 2017

The men's and women's golf program were both in action this week competing in the Aii Conference Championship hosted by our RedHawks and The Brassie Golf Club in Chesterton, Indiana. Sunday the events started with practice rounds where a few teams braved the elements for last minute strategies and team preparation.


Unfortunately, our Champions of Character event scheduled for Sunday afternoon had to be cancelled due to weather.  The Aii Conference banquet held at The Spa in Porter, Indiana capped off a long and cold day with a terrific meal and team introductions.  This year's tournament brought us players, coaches and universities from Canada, New Mexico, Kansas, Michigan, New York, Tennessee, and Indiana.

Monday the actual competition began with the men scheduled for 36 but with cold temperatures and a soaked course due to more overnight rainfall it was decided to start the tournament with 18 and finish the next 36 on Tuesday. Playing lift clean and place in their own fairway and bunkers as ground under repair the competition began with very wet conditions. When the scores were tallied after 18 holes both the men's and women's team found themselves in third place, right where coach Bishop had hoped for. "Shooting 308 and a new school record in these conditions on our home course in Conference says a lot about these guys and this team this season," he stated.  The RedHawks posted 3 scores in the 70s and held a 7 shot lead over SUNY Delhi who posted a round one score of 315. The race for first and second had a common theme for both the men's and women's side after round one with Victoria Vikes chasing University of British Columbia. UBC was ahead by just one shot on the men's side but controlled a 19 shot advantage on the women's side. "As a coach you never want to say you are playing for third place, but that's what this tournament has become on both sides.  We have two nationally ranked teams here that play exceptionally well in any conditions and compete at a much higher level than the field. Our women are locked in at the third spot right now and I expect them to maintain their position once the final ball has been holed. On the men's side we shot a school record today and we are chasing 12 and 13 shots to get into second. We are facing an uphill battle tomorrow but we are going to come out swinging tomorrow" said Bishop. The first round produced many highlights besides the school team scoring record for one round, along with that came Mike Lee shooting 74, Noah Kunstek and Jacob Crowley posting 77 and fifth man Chris LaVelle posting 80 to round out the scoring.

Day two brought showers in the morning and cool temperatures along with talk of extending the competition into Wednesday,but the winds died down a bit and the men and women we able to complete their rounds on Tuesday. On the men's side UBC had extended their team lead to 5 shots while their women cruised to a 44 shot victory and their 8th strait conference title. Our RedHawks also extended their lead to 12 over SUNY Delhi to keep third position with just 18 holes to play. Coach Bishop was once again pleased with the results of round two saying "Our 315 on a morning like this is fine, it's soaked and cold and mentally it's was hard to get up for so I'm happy with extending our lead on fourth place. Let's hope we finish strong and end up where we hoped for at the beginning of our season." Round two scores were once again led by Mike Lee with a 75, Eric Richardson bounced back from his round 1 woes with a 79, and Jacob Crowley and Noah Kunstek finishing off the scoring with 80 and 81 respectively.

Round three was started with less winds and the results in the balance.  When the totals we tallied it was 11th rankedUBC wining by six shots over Victoria with a final team score of +18 or 882 over three rounds. The RedHawks did have some excitement during the final round when Mike Lee was just two shots back of an individual medalist and an automatic bid to the National Tournament. Failing to make another birdie on the way in Mike finished in 4th place individually and two shots back of eventual winner Evan Holmes of British Columbia.  On the team side both the RedHawks men's and women's programs finished in third position and will carry some momentum into their fall season in August.

Thanks for a terrific season RedHawks and good luck in August when the journey continues!!!

Mike Lee 74-75-71 4th                                 Elizabeth Price 94-92  11th
Noah Kunstek 77-81-81 14th.                      Grayce Roach 112-99 12th
Jacob Crowley 77-80-86 T16th.                    Symone Hayes 115-109 13th
Eric Richardson 89-79-82 T22nd.                  Stephanie Sanders 107-118 14th
Chris LaVelle 80-90-89 28th                         Niki Monaghan 145-137 15th

Team 308-315-320 3rd.                                 Team 428-418 3rd