By Michael Comodeca
The Cleveland State University men’s golf team had a successful fall portion of their schedule and look to build on that success in the spring.
Cleveland State’s best finish of the fall was in the Cleveland State Invitational at Barrington Country Club in Aurora, Ohio, where they finished first overall.
During the fall season, Cleveland State finished in the top-five in three of the five tournaments they competed in.
The expectations for Cleveland State’s golf team are high heading into the spring schedule. The university has won four consecutive Horizon League Championships.
The team this season is projected to finish second in the Horizon League, which is voted on by the league’s coaches. Oakland University is favored to win, but only by a slim margin — Oakland received five first place votes while Cleveland State accumulated three.
The team got off to rough start in Hilton Head, South Carolina at the Wexford Plantation Invitational. The Vikings finished 17th overall and shot 327 for the final round.
Cleveland State’s top finisher was Anton Krecic, who tied for 37th with a total score of 226. The next highest score was Blake Prince with a 229 (44th), Joey Krecic with a 236 (65th), Zak Supelak with a 241 (79th) and Matt McAdoo with a 243 (83rd).
Despite the struggles, Cleveland State is doing what they can by practicing and trying to fix the issues that occurred in South Carolina.
Senior Joey Krecic, who in his last semester at Cleveland State, is ready do whatever it takes for the team to win another championship before he graduates.
“At this point, I am looking forward to helping the team as much as possible come April, so we have a chance to win conference,” Krecic said.
Cleveland State only has four tournaments this spring and only have three remaining after the Wexford Plantation Invitational.
The next tournament will be held in Tampa, Florida, at the South Florida Invitational, on March 13 and 14.
Cleveland State’s next two tournaments will be at the Seattle U Redhawk Invitational and the Penn State Invitational.
Those two tournaments will be held on April 2 and 3, and April 14 and 15, which will close out the regular season.
Cleveland State’s last scheduled tournament will be at the Horizon League Championship, which they hope to win for the fifth straight season.
Unlike other tournaments throughout the year, the Horizon League Championship will be a three-day event. from April 22 through 24.
This year’s Horizon League tournament will be held at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.