The RedHawks Men's Golf Team stayed local this week and played in the Mike Lalaeff Memorial Invite at Whitehawk Country Club in Crown Point, Indiana. The team got off to a quick start when Mike Lee started the competition by making two birdies on his first two holes.
As the day went on it was apparent that something special was in the air. Mike continued his birdie streak on the back 9 making 3 more consecutive birdies and shooting a new individual school record round of 67 a remarkable five under par. Mike was followed by freshman Eric Lewis who didn't play his best on the front but managed to shoot a one under par 35 on the back and post a score of 79. The team posted a score of 321 in the first round which landed them in third place in the seven team field. Coach Bishop had mixed emotions about the day and commented "while it was fun to watch Mike play today and most likely win the tournament in the first round, our team score of 321 should've been better, but the final group on the final day gives us a chance to play against the best teams here so I'm happy about that. We also had 3 of the 4 scores posted under par by our two front guys in Mike and Eric."
Day two brought rain overnight and into the morning keeping the teams off the range for warm ups and sending them out in the elements. Mike Lee once again paced your RedHawks firing a one under par 71 and cruising to the medalist honors by 10 shots. The team however shots two strokes higher with a 323 and finished the tournament in 5th place with a total score of 644. "A few shots here and there makes the difference at this level and our young guys in the lineup are going to have to learn that. The difference between 2nd and 6th place is a hand full of shots and we can't post the big numbers we had in this tournament to be successfully" commented Coach Bishop. He continued stating "Mike played great getting his second consecutive tournament victory and continuing his streak of all tournament teams, but it's bittersweet when the team isn't where we should be."
The Hawks will travel to Silvis, Illinois to compete in the NAIA Fall Preview Monday and Tuesday. There they will compete against 19 of the best programs in the nation to conclude their Fall season. Finish strong RedHawks and good luck!