EMU's golf men started their fall season, playing Sunday and Monday at the Greene Turtle Invitational. Shenandoah University hosted the tournament at the Winchester Country Club.
Led by junior Benjamin Shenk (Elkton, Va./Page County), the Royals whacked 11 strokes off their team total on the second day. Shenk shot back-to-back rounds of 82, nearly four strokes less than his average score from last year. He made two birdies on Monday, including a two on the par-three No. 8.
Sophomore Christopher Elliott (Beaver Springs, Pa./Midd-West) shot identical rounds of 88 on the two days, while Chris Fenn (Glen Allen, Va./Glenn Allen), the only other returner from last year, only carded a round on Monday, but shot an 88, three strokes less than his average.
The trio are stepping into the leadership role for new Head Coach Andre Swartzentruber after the Royals graduated seniors Lucas Miller, Austin Sachs and Riley Kingsley last spring.
New to the team for this fall only, sophomore Coy Jimenez (Edinburgh, Va./Central) shot a 90 on Sunday before improving with an 87 on Monday. Senior Troy Hodge (Staunton, Va./Buffalo Gap) shot also improved after his first collegiate round, shooting a 96 followed by a 92.
As a team, EMU shot a 356 on Sunday before wrapping up with a 345.
The Royals stay in town for their next tournament, heading to Lakeview Golf Course on Sept. 16-17 for the Tom Kinder Memorial.