EMU Golfers Head Into Winter On High Note

Benjamin Shenk took care of business with his putts, making 14 of Tuesday's holes at or below par. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Benjamin Shenk took care of business with his putts, making 14 of Tuesday's holes at or below par. (photo by Scott Eyre)

A big move on the final day of the fall season is sending EMU's golf men into the break on a good note. On the final day of the VSGA Intercollegiate at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk, Va., the Royals shaved 10 strokes off their team score and jumped ODAC rival Roanoke on the leaderboard.

Sophomore Benjamin Shenk (Elkton, Va./Page County) led the charge, taking eight strokes off his tally from the first round for a team-low 75 on Tuesday. It was also the lowest round of his career. Shenk shot 12 pars on the final day after making only three on Monday. His two-day total of 158 (+14) tied him for 35th in the 93-person field.

Freshman Christopher Elliott (Beaver Springs, Pa./Midd-West) had one of the best improvements of anyone at the event, taking nine strokes off on the final day with rounds of 88 and 79. He notched 18 pars for the tournament, including 10 on day two, to come in tied for 62nd at 167 (+23).

Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan./Newton) was one shot back at 168 (+24), taking cards of 83 and 85. Lucas Miller (San Antonio, Tex./Brandeis) came in one more shot behind at 169 (+25) and tied for 66th. His best round was an 82 on Monday. Chris Fenn (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) equaled Elliott's leap by shooting an 87 on Tuesday, a nine-stroke improvement from his first day. Fenn finished at 183 (+39).

Austin Sachs (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) participated as an individual and came in at 176 (+32).

After shooting a 336 (+48) on Monday, the Royals carded a 326 (+38) on the final day and more than made up an 11-stroke margin to jump Roanoke in the standings. EMU finished in 13th place, 11 strokes ahead of both Roanoke and Apprentice. They were seven strokes behind Virginia Wesleyan.

Varun Yerramserri of Hampden-Sydney won the event with a 143 (-1). D-II Virginia Union claimed the state's crown by 11 strokes, coming in at 594 (+18) as a team.

Eastern Mennonite ends the four-tournament fall season on a high note, with five of the six men having broken their career low round. The also broke their career low round as a team with a 311 at the Greene Turtle Invitational on Sept. 10, and then tied the low round on a par-72 course with a 318 on Sept. 25 at the Tom Kinder Memorial.

The spring campaign will begin in March, pushing towards the ODAC Championships on April 28-30.