Golf teams heat up heading into conference tournament

By Ben Hercik, Sports Editor

As the season winds down, and with the Horizon League Tournament on the horizon, the Cleveland State University women’s golf team had one final tune up before the big dance. Competing at the Youngstown State University Spring Invitational, the team was looking to have a solid outing, and the result was just what the team was hoping for.

Overall, the team finished second, five strokes ahead of Bowling Green University, and all of the athletes finished inside the top 25 in the individual standings.

Junior Kaylee Neumeister finished tied at the top of the leaderboard for first place, carding an even par 72 on the day. Sophomore Madison Butler joined her teammate finishing in the top five, with a +3 75 on her card to finish in sole possession of fifth place. Freshman Meg Rossouw was able to post her best career finish to date, finishing tied for 14th posting a + 7 79.

Not to be out done, the men’s golf team traveled to Pennsylvania to take part in the Spring Wildcat Invitational, hosted by Villanova University.

On day one of the two-day tournament, three Vikings found themselves in the top 30, all with a chance to finish under par on day two. Sophomore Jules Blakely led the way after finishing a round at even par 71 and tied for 12th. Sophomore Zack Supelak and sophomore Zach Robbins were hot on his tail, with rounds of +1 72 tied for 17th, and +2 73 tied for 30th respectively. Senior teammate, Anton Krecic, was way down the leaderboard after posting a round of +5 76 to be tied for 76th. The team was in seventh place, just three strokes behind sixth.

On day two, Blakely slipped down the leaderboard, posting a +2 73 to finish tied for 29th. The other three athletes did the opposite and rose up the leaderboard.

Supelak was able to rise from tied for 17th, to finish in the top 10, posting a -3 67 ultimately, placing tied for seventh.

Robbins was also able to finish under par, finishing in the top five of the tournament. Robbins was able to post a final round of -4 65 to finish tied for third. The 65 was the lowest round of the day, and Robbins was not the only Viking to post that score. Krecic joined his teammate posting a 65 and able to go from his +5 on day one, to post a -1 on day two to finish tied for 18th.

The team finished tied for third with Delaware University with a total score of 581, with a day two score of 270 which broke the school record by four strokes.

The men’s team has one more tournament before the Horizon League Tournament, with that being the Wright State Invitational. Then both teams travel to Howley in the Hills to take part in the conference championship tournament, in which the men are the defending champions.

 

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