By Cameron Blair
The men’s golf fall season came to an end Tuesday afternoon at the Xavier Invitational in Loveland, Ohio. The Colonels were attempting to win their fourth tournament of the five scheduled this fall.Going into the final round Tuesday morning Eastern was in third, trailing first place Marquette by three strokes.
The Colonels shot a two-under 286 on the final day to finish the tournament at 14-under- par. Their efforts only managed them a tie for fifth place, as Marquette went on to hold the lead in the final round and win the tournament at 23-under.
“This was a very good field of teams,” Coach Pat Stephens said. “What hurt us was the final round. We needed to shoot a 280 or better, which was our goal.”
After Eastern’s opening round of 283, the Colonels were five-under and tied for fourth. In the second round Monday they picked up seven more strokes to move to 12-under and third place.
Senior Phil Hendrickson’s third round 71 dropped him to a tie at third and 11-under-par. Hendrickson was tied for first place at 10-under-par after day one.
Ryan Britt shot a team-best 70 on the final day to finish at five-under and tied for 14th. Britt was 3-under-par after day one.
Justin Moore was at even par going in Tuesday and shot a 1-under 71 for the final day to finish at one-under for the tournament and tied at 28th. Massie finished at +3 (72-73-74) and Gould finished at +21 (79-79-79).
“Britt has played very well this fall.Moore is consistent in his scores.and Massie is always improving his game,” Stephens said.
The Xavier Invitational featured 20 schools and 104 players. It was held at the par-72, 6,921-yard Oasis County Club. At last year’s tournament, Eastern finished sixth.
The Colonels will resume play in late February but will continue to practice and condition over the next five months.
“We’re going to hit the weight room. We need to get stronger, work on our cardio.do some skills practice. And we’ve got plenty of great weather left to practice in,” Stephens said. “We are very excited about this off season.”
Eastern won three out of their five tournaments this fall. They finished second at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational.
“They met and exceeded my expectations for the fall. We were just trying to do what we did last year because it’s almost the same group of guys,” Stephens said. “Their level of play this year is sharper and better.