EMU's golf men started their "spring" season on Monday and Tuesday, playing in some of the coldest temperatures of the year.
The Royals played well at times, leading ODAC rival Roanoke after the first day. At other times, they struggled to handle the conditions, slipping behind the Maroons on Tuesday.
Playing on the par-72 Boonsboro Country Club in Lynchburg, Va., Lucas Miller (San Antonio, Tex./Brandeis) played some of EMU's most consistent golf at the Hill City Invitational. The senior shot an 84 on each day, finishing tied for 18th at 168 (+24).
Freshman Christopher Elliott (Beaver Springs, Pa./Midd-West) tied his low round with a 79 on day one, but added 10 strokes on Tuesday, slipping into a tie with Miller.
Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan./Newton) was also consistent, shooting an 87 and an 88 to card at 175 (+31) to tie for 23rd. Chris Fenn (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) finished 29th at +34 (178 – 87, 91).
Austin Sachs (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) and Benjamin Shenk (Elkton, Va./Page County) showed inverted swings in their game. Sachs added 11 strokes on the final day and finished 35th at 185 (+41), while Shenk took off 16 swings on Tuesday to finish 36th at 188 (+44).
EMU was fifth out of seven teams on day one, shooting a 337. But they added 10 strokes on Tuesday, getting jumped by Roanoke College. The Royals finished at 684 as a team, while Roanoke had 680.
Lynchburg won their own meet with a team total of 631, while Hornet Branson Terrell won medalist honors by seven strokes with a two-under 142.
Eastern Mennonite returns to the course on March 23 and 24, playing at the Marlins Invitational hosted by Virginia Wesleyan in Ahoskie, N.C.