ERAU men's golf places 5th at Cal St. Intercollegiate; Eagles' women fare well in Avondale
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's men's golf team placed fifth out of 12 teams at the three-round California State Intercollegiate tournament hosted by NCAA Division III University of La Verne on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Playing on the Diamond Valley Golf Course in Hemet, Calif., the NAIA Eagles (308-296-304=908) finished behind champion Claremont Mudd Scripps (874), runner-up The Master's College (882), third-place William Jessup (896) and fourth-place Cal Lutheran (906).
Individual finishers for Embry-Riddle included Matt Zampello (tied for 14th, 74-76-74=224); Austin Sverdrup (19th, 78-71-78=227); Matt Andrews (tied for 27th, 78-79-75=232); Kale Davidson (29th, 83-73-77=233); and Jacob Turner (32nd, 78-76-82=236).
"The field (in this tournament) is traditionally strong with Division 3 powerhouses and NAIA schools," ERAU coach Kim Haddow said. "Embry Riddle played well. To win we need to post four top scores of our five each day. We need that one more low score to keep us in contention. Our target score each day is 288 and to reach that we need to do a better job of managing ourselves on the course."
Turner played in his first tournament for ERAU and posted two counting team scores of 78-76 the first day.
"We are proud of him and are excited to see how his game improves," Haddow added. "Garrett Hogan played as an individual in this tournament and went low with 72 the final round."
Meanwhile, at the Western New Mexico University Fall Intercollegiate hosted by Coldwater Golf Club in Avondale Sept. 21 and 22, ERAU's women's team took 17th out of 20 squads in the two-round tournament, despite posting two of its lowest rounds of 308-309=617.
Haddow said her squad scored low against a very strong field of NCAA Division 1 and 2 teams. Powerhouse Cal Baptist ran away with the title at 567.
Individual finishers for the Eagles included Lauren Kruszewski (tied for 47th, 75-77=152); Nicole Lopes (tied for 65th, 77-79=156); Calli Gallacher (tied for 72nd, 79-78=157); Jennifer Baltimore (78th, 77-82=159) and Trae Jones (tied for 85th, 88-75=163).
"We are excited to be invited to this prestigious women's event and know that the competition is very keen," Haddow said in a news release. "I'm proud of our women coming out and posting two very low rounds of 308 and 309. They had an adjustment to the Bermuda greens and did a good job. We enjoy playing with the best teams in the nation and play some of our best golf at this tournament. The entire team played solid and that is the key.
"We had a few errant shots but managed ourselves well, recovered, and took no more than a bogey in most cases."
Next up, the Eagles' men and women will host the Embry-Riddle Co-ed Invitational this Sunday and Monday, Sept. 27 and 28, at Talking Rock Ranch Golf Club in Prescott.
"We have a strong field coming, and the public is invited to come and watch," Haddow added.