University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men’s golf team was back in action this week as they set off to the Emmanuel Fall Invite in hopes of bringing home their second tournament title of the 2013-2014 season. With strong individual and team play from each Patriot, the men were able to capture the tournament title as well as the top individual performance.
The men started off the two-day event on a slow note, struggling to find their groove as they found themselves in third place after the first day of play shooting a 298 to sit 5 shots back of 1st place Faulkner University. However, with relentless effort, the talented Patriots were able to make up for lost ground throughout the second day pulling into first place after shooting a very solid 285 for the round and 583 for the tournament, good enough for a 12 shot victory over host Emmanuel College.
The Patriots were led by freshman Michael Pospisil (Stredocesky, Czech Republic) who claimed the Medalist honor for the tournament after shooting a strong 140 (-4) after two days including a phenomenal 66 during the final 18 holes. Hugo Alvarez Asorey (Oviedo, Spain) finished in 3rd place overall with a total score of 143 (-1) earning All-Tournament team honors. Isac Lambertsson (Njutanger, Sweden) tied for 4th place overall with a final score of 144 (E) also earning All-Tournament team honors. Josh Gregorich (London, KY) finished the tournament tied for 28th with a tournament total of 156 (+12) while Viktor Madsen (Akersburga, Sweden) rounded out the Patriot team tied for 32nd place with a total score of 158 (+14). Eli Towery (Mayfield, KY) and Stuart Balcombe (Clevedon, United Kingdom) both competed as individuals at the tournament and did well for themselves. Towery finished tied for 26th shooting a 155 (+11) on the tournament while Balcombe tied with Gregorich in 28th place with a 156 (+12).
Head Coach Chris Kraftick commented, “This was a huge learning experience for us to go on the road with 3 freshmen in the lineup to a new track against some good competition from the Southern States Conference. Monday was a poor performance and we dug ourselves a hole. It was a great response by the guys on Tuesday. I’m really pleased with how quickly these guys are growing up.”
The men will look to further their success as they travel to Georgetown, KY to participate in the Mid-South Conference Fall Tournament at Cherry Blossom Golf Course on Monday, September 30th.