By Todd Purvis/Assistant sports editor
The men’s golf team was in action this past weekend in Richmond, where it finished second at the EKU Spring Intercollegiate. Eastern shot an 859 as a team; however, they fell short to Austin Peay by 27 strokes. The Governors shot 832, enough to clinch the EKU Intercollegiate Tournament.
“Austin Peay had an incredible weekend, and when teams have this kind of weekend, it is hard to beat them,” said Eastern junior Drew Alexander. “We lost which is disappointing, but our game will come back later.”
After the first round of the tournament, the Colonels were back 15 strokes from Austin Peay, but they were still holding on to second place.
Eastern was sparked in the first round with strong play by Josh Crutcher, who shot a six-under-par, 66, leading all players in the first round. The Colonels were also led by Brandon Brown who shot a one-under-par 71 and tied for 10th place. Drew Alexander shot an even-par 72 and placed 15th place in the first round.
The second round of the tournament was delayed due to darkness until Saturday morning.
As play resumed, the Colonels couldn’t close the gap on the Governors, and managed to hang onto the number two spot.
Eastern had a couple of golfers finish in the top 10: Alexander claimed fifth-place after shooting 211 (72-69-70) on the tourney and Crutcher finished ninth by firing 214 (66-72-76) for the weekend.
Eastern’s top five scorers for the Colonels were: Alexander (211), Crutcher (214), Brown (215), Patrick Williams (221) and Ben Stephens (232). The other individual finishes and scores for Eastern were Tyler Cain (213), Josh McCracken (219), Dustin Cook (228), and Len Ashby (253).
“As a team we still have some work to do. We haven’t peaked yet, and still have some rust to work out, but we expect to break out this weekend,” said Alexander.
The Colonels have had to overcome a rough winter, which has put a damper on the amount of outdoor play they have been able to get. This winter has caused the Colonels to have somewhat of a slow start, but they have still managed to have four top five finishes, according to Alexander.
The Colonels will return to action this weekend, March 29-30, at the University of Kentucky Johnny Owens Invitational in Lexington.
“We are looking forward to playing this weekend because we keep getting better and better and hopefully we’ll peak at the right time,” said Alexander.