Mens golf struggles in midweek tourney
The men’s golf team finished 14th out of 16 teams this weekend in the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in Raleigh, N.C., with their top scorer, junior Brandon Park, tying for 31st.
Seton Hall finished the tournament 50-over-par in the 54-hole tournament. Park finished 9-over-par with a total score of 222.
The team started the tournament off well, ending the first day in 10th place.
The Pirates were led by freshman Hayden Burnett in the first round of play.
In Burnett’s first collegiate tournament, he shot 1-over-par in the first two rounds, holding 11th place after two days.
Burnett, however, dropped significantly in the third round, hitting an 82 to end the tournament with a 12-over-par, finishing tied for 48th.
Head coach Clay White was impressed by Burnett’s performance.
“Hayden was a walk-on,” White said. “I didn’t really recruit Hayden too much, so it was a nice surprise. I knew he was a good player, but it was good to see him in his first collegiate event and play well.”
Freshmen Derrick Kim also started the tournament well for the Pirates. After the first round, Kim was tied for ninth overall, shooting an even-par, 71.
After the weekend, White stressed the need to limit the big numbers and play more consistently.
“You have to play all three rounds strong,” White said. “It’s like in any other sport. You can’t play the first half of basketball well and expect to win if you don’t play the second half well. Just like every other sport, you have to play the whole tournament, game or series well if you want to win.”
The other two golfers for the Pirates were senior Troy Spencer who finished third on the team with a 14-over-par, 227, and sophomore Marc Kunesch rounded out the roster shooting a 33-over-par, 246, to finish 86th in the tournament.
Winning the team event was Memphis which led after the completion of each round. The Tigers finsihed with a 9-over-par, for a 861 team score.
Individually, University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Robert Hoadley. Hoadley shot a 4-under-par, 209, to win the tournament by two strokes.
In the second round, Hoadley shot a 3-under-par, 68, for his best round of the tournament.
Seton Hall will head to Plymouth Meeting, Pa. to compete in the Big Five Classic this weekend with only three tournaments remaining in the fall portion of the schedule.
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