Eagles thrive at home invitational
PRESCOTT — Playing on one’s home course obviously has its advantages.
For Embry-Riddle golf, that surely came into fruition at the ERAU Co-Ed Invitational on Monday and Tuesday as the women’s team claimed first while the men’s team placed third.
The women’s team has been on another level this season. Before swarming the leaderboards at the seven-team ERAU Co-Ed Invitational, the Eagles won the Lewis-Clark State College Invite out in Idaho last week.
In a return to their home course at Antelope Hills, the Eagles did what they had to do to defend their nest by taking three of the top five spots. They also had five golfers finish within the top 15 for a total team score of 893 (+29) through three rounds. This effort was 37 strokes better than second-place Claremont Mudd Scripps.
ERAU’s Jessica Williams was the tournament’s best golfer, shooting a 215 (-1) to finish in first place. To round out Embry-Riddle’s field, Kendall McBean finished in second with a 224 (+8), Megan Hessil tied for third with a 226 (+10), Cami Culp tied for eighth with a 230 (+14) and Hannah Spiller placed 13th with a 238 (+22).
While the men didn’t strike gold like their female counterparts, they put up a respectable effort by finishing third out of nine teams. Through two rounds, the Eagles notched a score of 583 (+7), which fell short of first-place Claremont Mudd Scripps’ 568 and second-place Arizona Christian’s 575.
Kyle Peterson headlined the Eagles’ outing as the senior from Peoria finished in second place with a 139 (-5). Sean Poling shot a 145 (+1), good enough for eighth place while Joseph Allen (+5), L.J. Kreszewski (+6) and Connor Wallace (+13) finished in 15th, 18th and 34th, respectively.
The women will be back for the final round of the NAIA National Championship at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City on Monday, Oct. 14.
The men, however, will have to wait until November for their next match as they compete in the Fall National Preview at Las Sendas Golf Course in Mesa from Nov. 4-5.
Aaron Valdez is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter at @Valaaron_94. Email email@example.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2031.