Oilers set school record in first tournament of spring
By: Dylan DeWitt
Coming off a victory in their last fall event in the Motor City Invitational at TPC Michigan, the men`s golf program entered the spring season at Cherry Blossom in Georgetown, Kentucky.
After a spring break golf trip filled with practice and qualifying, the Oilers were ready to take on many of the Midwest region`s best in the first tournament of the spring. Currently, the Oilers team has the No. 20 best scoring average in all of Division II golf.
In the first round of the tournament, the Oilers were able to compile four scores together to set the 18-hole round program record. The record that previously stood was set on two different occasions in 2016 at the Kyle Ryman Memorial and in 2009 at the NCAA Spring Regional.
The low rounds of the day would go to junior Luke Kelly (68), and freshmen Tanner Grzegorczyk and Caleb Westfall (69 & 71). The team would end up placing fifth in the tournament, and move on to their tournament at the University Club in Lexington, Kentucky.
The men’s golf team would start the tournament held at the same venue as where the Great Midwest Athletic Conference will be held, behind the eight ball and in 16th place.
However, as the Oilers have done most of the season, they were able to show their resilience. The team was able to climb up the leaderboard, eight spots to be exact. The eight spots would help them get into a tie for eighth on the final day of the tournament.
Ultimately, the Oilers currently sit within the top 10 of the regional poll race. It is inching closer to the postseason and the conference championships where the Oilers will look to defend their conference championship from 2018.
For the remaining schedule of the spring season, the Oilers have two tournaments left. The Oilers will travel to Nashville, Tennessee this upcoming week, and then will go to Noblesville, Indiana to play at Purgatory Golf Club.
The Oilers will look to prepare for the tournaments ahead and make a run at another Great Midwest Athletic Conference title and postseason run at the National Championships.