Men’s golf at the University of Dallas started off their season last week with a second place finish at the Louisiana College Fall Invitational. The five-man team, under the leadership of Head Coach Garrett Smith, has high expectations for their season.
“It was great to get the season off to a good start, and I was really encouraged by what I saw,” Smith said. “I think more than anything we learned that we can compete. Even though no one really had their best stuff this week, we were still able to get in the mix a bit and feel that tournament pressure. I am excited to see what happens when everyone starts clicking into high gear, to really see just how good we are.”
Over two days of competition, the Crusaders broke two team records and three personal records, and combined for a second-place stroke count of 629, 15 shots above the host team’s winning score.
Freshman Erik Hamm made his collegiate debut, leading UD at the end of the first day with 74 strokes and a second-place standing.
“[Hamm] got off to a bit of a rocky start, bogeying his first three holes,” Smith said. “But he showed guts and a great ability to grind out a round to shoot 74 and be just one back of the lead.”
The second day of competition showed significant improvement, as the team broke a pair of 2009 records for single-round and two-round scores.
Sophomore Thomas Schuberg led UD on day two with 74 strokes, breaking his personal best from last year’s Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) tournament and setting a career-low for two-day competition with a total stroke count of 152.
“Tommy played great,” Smith said. “His ball striking flashes signs of brilliance every time he is out there. He was able to really rely on that, when the putts weren’t falling, to still shoot a good score.”
The Crusaders have their next event in a two-day competition in the Hendrix College Duel on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2.