By Casey Tolliver

The Eastern men’s golf team made a statement in the OVC and competed with some big schools in two intercollegiate golf tournaments over spring break.Eastern finished the tournament, held at the Limestone Springs Golf Course in Oneonta, Ala., in second place.

The Colonels performed better than all of the other OVC teams in the tournament.

The Colonels began the first of three rounds at the Samford Intercollegiate Tournament last Monday. Eastern finished the opening round in first place out of 17 teams, including seven other OVC teams, with an even-par score of 288, and four Colonels finishing in the top 25.

Phil Hendrickson led Eastern on the day, finishing the first round tied for second place at 2-under-par.

Trey Bowling tied for seventh at one-under-par.

Ryan Britt was tied for 18th at 1-over-par and Jesse Massie was tied for 21st at 2-over-par.

Round two of the tournament was scheduled on Monday as well, but the allotted time for play expired and forced the second round to be played on the same day as the third round Tuesday.

Eastern finished round two in first place, ahead of The University of New Orleans, and saw Hendrickson go from a tie for second to first place at 6-under-par.

Bowling finished the round tied for tenth at even-par, while Massie and Britt finished tied for 18th at two-over-par.

New Orleans managed to overcome a four-shot deficit at the beginning of the third round to steal the win from the Colonels.

Bowling, who was named Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week after the Samford Intercollegiate, finished the tournament tied for second and was 6-under-par, while Hendrickson finished in a tie for ninth at even-par.

Massie tied for 14th at 3-over-par and Moore tied for 16th at 4-over-par.

Britt finished the tournament tied for 29th at 8-over-par.

Eastern continued spring break play the following Sunday at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate Tournament in Pineville, N.C., where the Colonels faced schools such as the University of Wisconsin Indiana, and Penn State.

The Colonels finished the first round of play in fourth place and just one shot behind Ball State and Virginia Commonwealth, the two teams tied for second.

Justin Moore led Eastern after first round play when he finished tied for fifth and was even-par.

Trey Bowling tied for 12th at 3-over-par and Ryan Britt tied for 38th at 6-over-par.

After the second round of play, the Colonels jumped from fourth to second place.

Britt and Bowling were both tied for 13th at 6-over-par and Moore tied for 23rd at 8-over-par.

Hendrickson tied for 55th and was 12-over-par, while Massie tied for 58th at 13-over-par.

Eastern finished the final round just how it began-in second place.

Both Britt and Bowling finished the tournament tied for 10th at 7-over-par.

Hendrickson tied for 19th at 8-over-par and Moore tied for 23rd at 9-over-par.

The Colonels will hit the course again on March 29th at the Hoosier Invitational, hosted by Indiana University.