Patrick Burns, Staff Writer
The men’s golf spring season is in full swing with the team traveling all over the West Coast. The Saints have five tournaments this season, which began on Feb. 26 in Livermore, Calif. The Saints then travelled back to Livermore on March 12.
Recently, the Saints were in California at the Battle for Goose Creek and then traveled to Goodyear, Ariz. to play in the Men’s Mustang Intercollegiate tournament hosted by Western New Mexico University. After these tournaments, the Saints will then move on to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. The Saints should be prepared well for the GNAC Tournament, as most of their team has played the course in Idaho and know it well.
The men started off their season in Livermore, Calif. at the East/West Bay Area Invitational, hosted by Holy Names University at the Wente Vineyards. This tournament was their first since their fourth place finish in Hawaii back in October.
The Saints first two days started off a little slow, and only one Saints golfer, Tyler Fitchett, was able to net a score under 80. However, on the third day in less than perfect weather, the Saints were able to bounce back with the biggest jump coming from junior, Trevor Frisby, who shot a team-low 72 after posting back-to-back scores of 82. The Saints placed 11th overall, which was good enough to beat some GNAC foes.
The Saints next chance to get on the course was in Livermore, Calif. at the Notre Dame de Namur Invite hosted by Notre Dame de Namur University at the Poppy Ridge Golf Club. The Saints had a much stronger performance this time and were able to place sixth. The Saints were led again by Frisby, who shot a team-low 74-73-76, for a total of 223 for the tournament. Senior, Drew Raab, also had a strong tournament who shot 78-75-81 for the tournament. The Saints once again battled bad weather in this tournament, but were able to fare better than their first trip to Livermore, Calif.
Recently, the Saints competed in the Battle of Goose Creek hosted by California Baptist University, and were tied for 17th after the first day of action. Raab is the team leader after the first day after shooting 71-74 in the first two rounds. Frisby is right behind him after posting scores 76-74 in his first two rounds. During the second day, the Saints will look to move up the leaderboard. This tournament is a big one for the team’s NCAA ranking.
The Saints need to finish strong over the rest of the season to get back into the top-10 NCAA West Regional Rankings so they can go to the NCAA Tournament. The team hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since the 2010-2011 season.
They will need to lean on senior leadership from Raab, Chace Daskalos, and Alex Aguilar, and strong performances from their top scorer, Frisby. These four combined with the talented Fitchett should start posting better scores over the course of the season. The Saints look primed to make a run to end the year.