ERAU men golfers enjoy program's highest finish at California event
The Embry-Riddle men's golf team placed fourth overall at the California Intercollegiate Tuesday, played at Diamond Valley Golf Club in Hemet, California.
California State University-San Marcos ran away with the tournament at 18 under par for the three-round event, followed by Claremont Mudd Scripps at +3 and The Master's College at +6. In the 12 scoring rounds Embry-Riddle finished +16 over par with team scores of 295-293-292=880.
This is the highest finish for Riddle at this event that included the top NAIA schools as well as Division 3 schools.
"Tyler Harrison had a very solid event that included a 69 in the final round for an eighth place finish individually in the talented 75 man field," coach Mike Haddow said.
Matt Zampello continued his solid play finishing 4 over par for his three rounds. Kale Davidson and Matt Andrews each finished 8 over par for their three rounds. Austin Sverdrup rebounded from a very tough first round to post 75-74 to contribute two scoring rounds for the team's 880 total.
"We are very confident that we can post scores under par as a team which is the mentality that we will need to continue to compete at the highest level," Haddow added.
The women's team finished 10th out of 16 teams at the WNMU Invite played at Coldwater Golf Club in Avondale on Tuesday in a field of Division 2 and 3 schools.
Cal Baptist won the 36-hole event at 587, followed by Point Loma at 600 and Colorado Mesa at 601.
The Eagles were led by Lauren Kruszewski, who opened with a 69 that put her in third place going into the final round. Her 75 was good enough to secure a fourth-place finish in the 83-player field.
Jennifer Baltimore had a huge tournament with a 76-77=153 total, to capture her lowest score to date for the Eagles.
"Jennifer kept the ball in play and relied on her high number of greens in regulation to put her in scoring position," Haddow said.
Freshman Trae Jones was more comfortable her second round where she posted 74, tying her low round ever in competition. Ellen Springs finished fourth on the Eagle squad and played very solid in the first round to contribute to the Eagles' 619 team total and 10th-place finish.
Both clubs next prepare for a home event with the Embry Riddle Co-Ed Invitational teeing off Sept. 27-29 at Talking Rock Ranch in Prescott. There will a practice round on Sept. 27, followed by competition on Sept. 28 and 29. Both rounds begin at 8 a.m.
Admission is free and the public is welcome.