Golf takes third in tournament

This past weekend the Colby men’s golf team participated in the Maine State Championship Tournament alongside nine other teams. The team played well and ended up taking third. The two-day event took place at Martindale Country Club in Auburn, ME. The Mules as a team shot a combined 631 over the course of the competition. That score was just enough to edge out Bowdoin’s 635. Even more impressive, the Mules were one shot shy of tying for second place with Bates College (630). The tournament itself was won by Husson University, which shot a combined 591. Taking third place this weekend was a large improvement over last year when Colby tied for eighth place.

Colby faced tough competition but stayed strong and posted some great scores. Jack Griffith ’21 took second overall for individual scores out of 62 players. Griffith posted a six over 77 on Friday and then a very impressive one under 70 to finish the tournament with 147. On Sunday, Griffith had a hot streak with four pars in a row followed by four birdies in a row on the front nine. At the end of the tournament, Griffith was only five shots behind first place. Fellow first-year Elliot Snow ’21 also had a great showing at the tournament witha respectable 157 to tie for
13th place. The rest of Colby’s scores helped lead the team to the strong third place finish: Michael Broucek ’19 (163), Sam Funderburg ’19
(164), and Alden Southworth ’18 (171).

The men’s golf team is young and shows promise for the future. Half of the team are first-year students that showed themselves to be capable golfers in this first competition. Broucek noted that “We’ve got a lot of new guys on the team and they’ve given us some fresh looks and have added a lot of skill to the team.” Should this trend continue, the Colby men’s golf team could soon be a force to be reckoned with in the NESCAC.

The Mules will continue to practice this week in preparation for their upcoming tournament, the Husson Invitational, where they will look to beat Bates and Husson University. Last year Colby placed eighth, but has since been posting stronger and more competitive scores. The Husson Invitational will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Bangor Municipal Golf Course in Bangor, ME.

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