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Men’s Golf Off to Good Start in Spring Season

M Golf 03.28.18The men’s golf team opened up season play with their annual Spring break trip to Port Saint Lucie Florida. There the hawks had the opportunity to prepare for the Florida Atlantic Spring Championship, which was their first tournament of the Spring season. The championship took place on March 23-25 and consisted of three 18 hole rounds. The event was played at Osprey Point Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida. The course was a par 72 played at 6,786 yards.

The field consisted of 114 competitors from 19 teams, including Bethune-Cookman, Canisius, Connecticut, DePaul, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown, Hartford, Hofstra, Houston Baptists, Jacksonville State, Lynn, Manhattan, Monmouth, Morehead State, Murray State, North Dakota State, Oakland, Stetson. 

The men finished the tournament with a 54 hole score of 883, landing the team in 14th place over all. The Hawks’ card featured 12 of 15 rounds of 75 or better, while the team led the field in pars.

Head coach Dennis Shea was very pleased with the men’s performance in this event. “Our team was very consistent throughout the tournament.  It certainly was a very good start to our spring season and I am very pleased with the team’s performance this weekend,” he said.

Kyle Burke who led the Hawks for the first time this season and fifth time of his Monmouth tenure, set a new career 18-hole score (70) and 54-hole tournament (218).  The senior, who sank an eagle over the weekend, finished with 38 even holes and six-under on par-5 holes. Junior Drake Ferriter matched his season low round with his pair of 73s while tying his 222 ties his career-best for a 54-hole tournament. The third-year Hawk finished two-under on par-4 holes and finished with 37 even holes. Glen-Michael Mihavetz and Ron Robinson played in their first 54-hole tournament. Mihavetz finished tied for first in the field with 39 even holes. Sophomore Andy Stock set a new career-low for a 54-hole tournament.

The Hawks score card: Kyle Burke 75-70-73; 218 Drake Ferriter 74-73-73; 220 Andy Stock 74-75-73; 222 Glen-Michael Mihavetz 75-74-74; 223 Ron Robinson 80-76-80; 263.

“I think this tournament was a good confidence booster for the team. It’s exactly what we needed with the season just starting up. I think our team has a lit of talent and I’m excited to see what this season has to offer,” said senior Kyle Burke.

The Hawks next tournament will take place on April 1-2 at Silver Creek Country Club in Hellertown, PA for the Lafayette Invitational hosted by Lehigh.

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