While the weather was less than desirable for golf, the Royals had some great showings over the weekend at the Eagle Invitational. The University of Mary Washington hosted the two-day tournament at Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Va.
Sophomore Olyvia Longacre (Telford, Pa./Dock Mennonite Academy) had a huge start to her spring and finished in second out of 29 women. It was the highest finish of Longacre's career and second-ever in the top 10.
She led the field after day one, firing a 78 (+7) on the par-71 course. Longacre had the best round of any individual on the women's side. Her score slipped on Sunday, as did most of the top golfers, with her 96 dropping her to second with a card of 174 (+32). Only two women shot under 90 on the second day. York's Emma Harding shot a pair of 83s to win medalist honors at 166 (+24).
Not only did Longacre whack five shots of the best round of her career with Saturday's 78, but she also carded the second-lowest score in the six-year history of Eastern Mennonite University women's golf. Brittany McDonaldson shot a 77 in March of 2015, although both rounds were seven shots over par for their course.
EMU's men, meanwhile, were one of the most consistent teams in their field, shooting team scores of 352 and 353 to finish 11th of the 13 teams at 705 (+137).
Senior Andrew Alderfer (Faber, Va./Nelson County) had rounds of 85 and 82 (the Royals' low round for the tournament) and finished tied for 40th out of 71 with a 167 (+25). Benjamin Shenk (Elkton, Va./Page County) shot right at his average from the fall season, with scores of 86 and 88 putting him tied for 48th at 174 (+32).
Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan./Newton) was just four shots back at 178 (+36), while junior Austin Sachs (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) made his return with a 186 (+44). Sachs missed the fall semester with an off-campus cross-cultural study. Chris Fenn (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) rounded out the field at 202 (+60).
York won the team title by six strokes, totaling a 600 (+32). Wes Blaylock of Emory & Henry and Sebastian Bonte of host Mary Washington tied for the individual honors at 146 (+4).
The women return to action in one week, golfing at the Smith Invitational at the Dominion Club in Glen Allen, Va., next week Sunday and Monday. EMU's men are off until April 2 and 3 at the Lynchburg College Invitational at Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst, Va.