Golf struggles in tournament

The Colby College golf team knows that with such a short season, they have to make ev- ery round count to be success- ful. The Mules got their season started in mid-September with the Bowdoin Invitational from Sept 12 to 13. Unfortunately, the Mules finished last out of the eleven teams competing at Brunswick Golf Club. The field included NESCAC foes Bates and Bowdoin among other teams from around New England. Col- by finished with a disappointing team score of 689, but showed improvement as the tournament wore on.
Geoff Sullivan ’17 paced the Mules by shooting an outstand- ing 160 over the two-day event. The former NESCAC Rookie of the Year saved his best for Sunday when he shot a 78 in an attempt to rally the team back into conten- tion. Captain Chris Gallogly ’16 and EJ Rauseo ’17 each recorded a score of 170 for the tournament. Both found Saturday to be diffi- cult, but they seemed to figure the
course out on Sunday by shoot- ing 84 and 82, respectively. Scott Lehman ’16 and Charlie Ruhl ’18 rounded out the Mules finishers with matching scores of 186. Ruhl showed the most improvement on the team by dropping 12 strokes from 99 in his first round to 87 the following day.
The Mules didn’t have to travel far for their next tournament, the Thomas College Invitational on September 23 at Waterville Country Club. The field was comprised of five other Maine schools, which gave the team an idea about how they stacked up against the best teams in the state. The Mules were without Sullivan for the tournament, but managed to take 4th place with a team score of 336 in the one- round event. Saint Joseph’s Col- lege dominated the day with a score of 297, while Maine Mari- time Academy and University of Maine-Farmington also finished ahead of Colby.
Lehman anchored the Mules by finishing 10th place overall with a round of 81. Nick O’Connor ’19 and Andrew Beacham ’17 weren’t far behind 14th place with twin rounds of 84. Dan Dupont ’18
carded a solid 87, which was good for 18th, and Devin Albert ’17 ended 27th place with a 96.
With only three events left in the season, the Mules have had little time to come together as a team in the hope of qualifying for the NESCAC championships. The team has a solid mix of players under the leadership of captain Gallogly, whose experience has been invaluable to the team so far. Seniors Lehman and Alex Walsh ’16 should be steady contributors for the Mules this season. Sulli- van is likely the team’s standout player and leads a talented group of juniors that includes Beacham, Rauseo, and Albert. Sophomores Ruhl and Dupont will compete with classmates Lawrence Dickey ’18 and Alden Southworth ’18 for spots on tournament rosters. Lone first-year O’Connor will look to build on some promising early play.
The Mules’ next tournament is this weekend’s NESCAC quali- fiers at Williams College. The team will then travel to the Col- by-Bates-Bowdoin Tournament on October 10 before finishing the season the next day at home in the Colby Classic.

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