Seven Conference Titles | Five NCAA Championship Appearances | Four All-Americans | One Rhodes Scholar | One Individual National Champion
Centre Men Take Sixth at SAA Fall Preview
DICKSON, TENN. – The Southern Athletic Association hosted its fall preview tournament at Greystone Golf Club in Tennessee and due to the threat of inclement weather in the area, the tournament was condensed to one day as the teams played 36 holes. The Centre men's golf team shook off a slow start to post a solid second round and finish in sixth overall.
The Colonels found themselves in last place a quarter of the way through the tournament, but they were able to regroup at the end of the first 18 holes, shooting a combined team score of 306 before drastically improving with a score of 294 for the second round of play, bringing their complete tournament score to 600. The 12-shot difference marked the best improvement between rounds of any team in the field. Oglethorpe won the tournament, followed by Sewanee and Huntingdon.
Individually, junior Hans Stromberg (Lexington, Ky.) had the best tournament of his career, shooting a one-over 73 in the opening round and playing the back nine at two under par for an even par 72 in his second round, shooting 145 for the tournament and tying for sixth place overall.
Senior Andrew McKinney (Danville, Ky.) played the best single individual round of the tournament for the Colonels, rebounding from an opening round 77 to go two under for a score of 70 in the second round, including a hot start with birdies on two of his first three holes as he tied for 14th place.
Senior Paxton Duff (Louisville, Ky.) posted a two-day score of 153, rebounding from three straight bogeys halfway through his second round to play two under par the rest of the way for a second round score of 74.
Senior Hall Rupert (Powells Point, N.C.) tied McKinney with a score of 77 in the morning session before finishing with a round of 82 to end his tournament at 159.
Junior Will Hellman (Louisville, Ky.) closed out his second round strong, shooting one under par for his final seven holes of the tournament and improving from his morning session by six shots to post a two-day score of 162.
Junior Isaac Vock (Loveland, Ohio) posted a two-day score of 181 to round out the results for the Colonels.
"Playing 36 holes in one day is a real mental grind," said Stromberg. "The team really showed perseverance and grit on the second 18 holes today. The team has been very competitive this year, and we have all been pushing each other to be our best in practice and in tournaments; the result was a solid showing today. We hope to carry our momentum into next week at Tunica."
Next up for the Centre men will be the annual trip to Tunica National G.C. in Mississippi as the Colonels will compete in the Rhodes Fall Collegiate Classic on Sept. 17-18.