M. Golf has impressive opening

The Colby men’s golf team has had an impressive showing throughout the first month of the season. After a competitive series of tryouts, coach Chris Hall thinks he has found the right balance of experience and youth on the roster. Colby golf staples Captain Andrew Beacham ’17, E.J. Rauseo ’17, and Geoff Sullivan ’17, came back to lead the charge this season for the Mules. They are joined by an influx of young talent, namely Sam Funderberg ’19 and Michael Broucek ’19, making this year’s team one of the most competitive in recent memory. “I think we’re looking pretty good this year. Certainly the best I’ve seen in my time here. The difference for us this season is our depth. We usually have one guy who can play a great round but then it falls off a bit after that. I’m not seeing that as much this year,” Beacham said.

The team opened their season on September 12 at the Bowdoin College Invitational. The team finished the weekend in eighth place, narrowly losing to in-state rivals Bowdoin and Bates by two and one strokes respectively. Colby lost to Bates at this event last season by 35 strokes.

Young gun Funderburg had a stellar round, shooting a two-day total of 150, which included a 71 on the Sunday of the tournament. Funderburg received medal honors for his performance on Sunday. Sullivan also had himself a nice weekend, shooting 79’s on both days for a two-day total of 158. Beacham said of the weekend, “I didn’t have my best two days of golf out there, I’ll come out and say that. What’s important is that the team was there to pick me up and keep us very competitive—much more so than we were at this event last year. I think that speaks to some of the depth that I was mentioning earlier.”

On the back of a successful weekend at the Bowdoin College Invitational, Colby again finished in eighth place at the Maine Intercollegiate Championship. This time, it was captain Sullivan who shot the low of the weekend with a two-day total of a 153. He was closely followed by Broucek, who shot a 157, Funderburg, and Matt Bullock ’19, who both posted two day scores of 162. “I thought it was another great team effort. We only lost to Bates today by three strokes, thus proving that last weekend was no fluke and that we made some big strides over the summer,” said Beacham.

Colby also played this past weekend as the squad split, with half participting in the two-day Husson Invitational, and the other half in a Sunday match against cross-town rival Thomas College.

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