Golf Men Finish Fall Season On High Note

Troy Hodge has lowered his scoring average every tournament. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Troy Hodge has lowered his scoring average every tournament. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Each of EMU's golf men made a noted improvement in their final round, sending the Royals out in style as they wrapped up the fall portion of the season.

Although academic commitments kept two of the golfers in Harrisonburg, leaving Eastern Mennonite unable to complete a team score, the three men participating in the VSGA Intercollegiate made a noted improvement in their first fall under new coach Andre Swartzentruber.

Ben Shenk (Elkton, Va./Page County) made one of the bigger moves of day two in the 93-man field, jumping 12 spots with a fantastic round of 76. It was eight strokes better than his day one round. The junior shot 12 pars on Tuesday and added a birdie, coming just one shy of his career low round of 75. With the overall finish at 160 (+16), Shenk finished tied for 62nd.

Senior Troy Hodge (Staunton, Va./Buffalo Gap) continued his feel good story season, as he carded his second sub-80 round in his first season of collegiate golf. Both have come over his final three rounds of the fall. Hodge shot an 85 on Monday, followed by today's 79, which included five birdies. He came in at 164 (+20) for the tournament.

Christopher Elliott (Beaver Springs, Pa./Midd-West) had rounds of 86 and 83 to finish at 169 (+25). He was at his best on the back nine of the 6,619-yard Blacksburg Country Club, parring six of the holes.

Elias Haavisto of Averett edged Lynchburg's Harry Hodgert by a single stroke to win individual honors at 136 (-8). Christopher Newport and Lynchburg each had a two-day team total of 580.

The Eastern Mennonite University golf men are now done for the fall. The spring schedule will be released soon, leading up the ODAC Championships on April 19-21 at Stoney Creek Golf Course in Nellysford, Va.