NSU men’s golf finishes last tournament of fall season
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NSU men’s golf finishes last tournament of fall season


Ebba Moberg

TNE Writer

NSU men’s golf finished their last tournament of the fall season by climbing two spots on the team leaderboard to seventh place, at the Blue Tiger Invitational in Jefferson City, Missouri. The team shot an overall score of 606, 310-296, with Grant Hynes pacing the RiverHawks with the scores of 147, 76-71, which had him tied for 11 overall.

“I feel OK about the fall season for the most part,” said Hynes. “I felt like the last tournament was the only one where I hit the ball well and I wish we had at least one more tournament left in the fall now that I feel like I have my complete game, but it will be nice to just focus on school for a little bit.”

Tyler Ashman was second on the RiverHawks crew and tied for 19 with a total score of 150, 77-73. Carlos Gomez was a stroke back with 75-76 and tied for 23 on the leaderboard. Griffen Matthias scored a 160, and Jax Johnson scored a 161 to round of the team.

“The team this year is lightyears different from last year’s team,” said Scott Varner, NSU golf head coach. “We are so much better this year. The way we work on and off the golf course, with both the men and women, is more like I am used to and how it has been in the past at NSU. We have four fearless freshmen who loves to practice and competes hard, the whole culture has changed from last year.”

The RiverHawks ranked eighth overall in the region after the five tournaments of the fall and 55th nationally. The four out of the top-five players on NSU’s roster this fall season were freshmen with Gomez having the lowest scoring average on the team this fall with a 72.0 in the nine rounds he played.

“My first fall season was incredible,” said Gomez. “I feel very happy and proud to be part of the NSU golf team. Traveling and performing with the guys has been a great experience so far. I am excited to keep playing great golf with the guys in the spring and hopefully we can win some tournaments.”

Second on the team was Johnson with an average of 73.08 in 12 rounds and Ashman finished his season with an average of 73.17 also in 12 rounds. Hunter Pennington finished his senior fall season with an average of 73.56 in nine rounds. Hynes had an average of 74.5 in the 12 rounds he played.

“I loved my first season of college golf,” said Johnson. “Traveling with the team and playing for a team is a great feeling because every shot matters. It feels better when you play good for the team instead of just for yourself. However, I am not very satisfied with my own performance this fall. I know that I am capable of better. I am looking forward to the offseason. It gives me some free time to work on my game for the spring.”

The RiverHawks finished top-five in three out of the five tournaments this fall, all against strong and significant fields. Varner thinks this should create some momentum and confidence in the players for the coming spring season.

“Our worst tournament this year was at Henderson where we placed in the middle of the field,” said Varner. “That would have been a decent tournament with last year’s team and that says a lot. Our team this fall is young, and they do not care about past losses. They only care about competing hard and winning tournaments. If we keep playing hard we will get that NCAA regional bid which we did not get last year.”

The RiverHawks will return to action at the end of February, where they will start their spring season at the Rattler Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.

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