By Tyler Hofmann-Reardon
The Maroons’ Golf Team participated in the Shenandoah Invitational over the weekend. They competed against 13 teams in their second event of the season. The two day tournament began at Blue Ridge Shadows, a 6,807 yard, par 72, course featuring beautifully scenic holes and a number of challenging lines. Unfortunately, the Maroons struggled on the first day, recording an aggregate score of 332 which placed them in 11th place.
The next day saw the 13 teams tee off at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, a shorter, par 71 course that plays at 6,374 yards. However, the shorter distance was countered by masses of trees that lined each hole and forced golfers to hit it straight or face the daunting task of escaping the thick wooded areas. Despite the uphill battle ahead of them, the Maroons absolutely lit up the course on the second day, recording an aggregate of 292. This mark was a stunning 40 strokes better than their first round and good for first place on the final day of action. Their impressive finish earned them 5th place overall in the tournament with an overall +52 624 for two days.
On the individual side, Roanoke’s William Brown tallied the best round of the tournament on the second day with a -4 67. This near perfect round propelled him to 4th place overall in the tournament with a +5 148. However, his improvement may be the most impressive part of his weekend, as he topped his first round score by an unbelievable 14 strokes. Andrew Butts recorded a similar turnaround, recording a +1 72 to improve by eight strokes from the previous day. His tournament total of 152 landed him at +9 and tied for 8th place in the field.
With the strong finish, the Maroons now have two solid top ten finishes in the first two tournaments of the year and will look to continue their steady play on September 28 at the VSGA Intercollegiate Championship in Harrisonburg. Be sure to support the Maroons as they prepare for their next match.