Royals Make Huge Improvement At LC Invite

Benjamin Shenk shot the lowest round of his career on Tuesday. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Benjamin Shenk shot the lowest round of his career on Tuesday. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Royals shaved off 16 strokes from their team score on the final day of the Lynchburg College Invitational, carding their second-best round of the year. The big improvement for EMU's golf men bumped their up one spot as they finished 10th of out of 13 teams.

Tuesday's jump was also the biggest of any of the teams at the tournament.

Playing on the par-72 Poplar Grove in Amherst, Va., the Royals got second-day improvements from four of their five players, taking a 332 to the clubhouse on Tuesday. Their only better team round was a 330 at the Emory & Henry Fall Classic last October.

Andrew Alderfer (Faber, Va./Nelson County) led the charge, setting the tone with a 76 on Monday. It was his fourth sub-80 and lowest round of the year, just missing his career low round by two strokes. The senior added an 80 on Tuesday, finishing tied for 18th out of 69 golfers with a 156 (+12).

Freshman Benjamin Shenk (Elkton, Va./Page County) made one of the biggest individual moves up, jumping 14 spots on day two. He shot an 84 on Monday before leaping into a tie for 28th with a career low round of 78 on the final day. For the tournament, Shenk put in a score of 162 (+18).

Austin Sachs (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) made a six-stroke improvement on Tuesday, shooting his low round of the season with an 86. His two-day total was 178 (+34). Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan./Newton) whacked off eight strokes to come in at 184 (+40). Chris Fenn (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) took off seven swings of the club with his two-day total of 201 (+57).

As a team, Eastern Mennonite carded a tournament total of 680 (+104). They jumped Southern Virginia on Tuesday and finished 20 strokes ahead of the Knights. ODAC-rival Emory & Henry was just five strokes ahead of the Royals.

EMU's men get back on the course next Monday and Tuesday at the Glenn Heath Shipbuilders Memorial at Williamsburg Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.