by M. B. Miller
Special thanks to Dr. Robert Hamilton
First-year head coach Dr. Robert Hamilton likes what he sees from his Eagles golf team this fall. After recording a team score of 359 in their first tournament, the Eagles improved to a 352 in October 5th’s Berea College Invitational in Richmond, KY. The score landed them in 7th place in the field of 8 participating teams, but Coach Hamilton is quick to point out that the team is much better than what the final scorecard suggests.
“The 352 is a reasonable score for one round,” he said. “Last time we played at Battlefield Golf Course, on March 30, 2013, our team score was 804 for two rounds. The other teams we competed against at this tournament have played in more collegiate golf events both this year and overall as individuals.”
The coach continued, “Our team this year is very strong. Our top 4 players are as good as those of any other school in the conference, and the experience of this fall should pay off in the spring when the conference season begins.”
Continuing his steady play from the team’s first outing, Drew Riley led the Eagles with an 84. The rest of the team also put up decent scores on the par-70 course: Brian Stivers – 85, Cody Hyden – 90, Randy Smith – 94, and Tanner Hayes – 118. For the final tally, a team’s score is calculated based on the best 4 scores out of 5 players per round.
The team will continue to hone their skills, but will take a break from competitive action until the spring when they will host an invitational tournament at the Stonecrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg, KY on March 6th & 7th.
**Photos courtesy of Berea College.