EMU's golfers had a good two days at the Tom Kinder Memorial on Monday and Tuesday, as they were consistent and improved.
Four of the five Royals shot rounds that were only separated by one stroke or less over their two days, and the other golfer made a five-stroke jump on day two of the tourney.
As a team, the EMU men carded rounds of 326 and 325. In the entire 2018-19 season, they only had one round better than 326 on a par-72 course.
The Royals held a three-stroke advantage over William Peace after Monday, and held on to stay ahead of the Pacers by one stroke.
Ben Shenk (Elkton, Va./Page County) shot identical scores of 78 (+6) over the two rounds, for his best two-day total ever. His 156 (+12) put him tied for 49th out of 88 men.
Sophomore Christopher Elliott (Beaver Springs, Pa./Midd-West) put together rounds of 81 and 80 to finish at 161 (+17). The scores were well below his season average of 86.8 from last year.
Troy Hodge (Staunton, Va./Buffalo Gap) finished at 165 (+21) with rounds of 82 and 83, including an eagle on the par-5 second hole on the Lake Course. Chris Fenn (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) had a hot start on Tuesday, at one point birdying four out of six holes. He finished at 169 (+25), with rounds of 85 and 84.
Coy Jimenez (Edinburgh, Va./Central) shot an 89 on Monday, but finished up with an 84, carding a 173 (+29).
Across the board, the Eastern Mennonite men made big improvement from the season-opening Greene Turtle Invitational one week ago, where they had team scores of 356 and 349.
The Royals are back on the course this weekend, golfing Saturday and Sunday at the Ted Keller Memorial hosted by Randolph-Macon at The Dominion Club in Glen Allen, Va.