EMU's golf men each made improvements on their second round, shaving off a combined 14 strokes at Monday's season-opening Tom Kinder Memorial. More impressively, as the Royals sent only three men to the event, each golfer took nearly five strokes off his total in the afternoon.
The tournament, hosted by Bridgewater College at Lakeview Golf Course in Harrisonburg, was originally scheduled as a two-day outing, but because of forecasted rains the set-up was changed to two rounds on Monday.
Freshman Benjamin Shenk (Elkton, Va./Page County) made the biggest improvement by whacking nine strokes off his second round, including a team low round of 79. His two-round total of 167 (+23) put him in 77th place. Shenk showed good composure in his first collegiate outing, shooting 18 pars out of 36 holes.
Senior Andrew Alderfer (Faber, Va./Nelson County) was EMU's top finisher with rounds of 83 and 80 to tie for 70th at 163 (+19). He buried a nice putt on the par-5 14th hole of round two to earn one of just 14 eagles out of the 90 golfers at the tourney.
Lucas Miller (San Antonio, Tex./Brandeis) carded an 86 and 84 to come in with a 170 (+26). He had a team-best five birdies and finished tied for 78th.
Ferrum's Lance Keiser shot an incredible 64 on the second round and ran away with the individual medalist honors at 132 (-8), winning by four strokes. Guilford put three men in the top five and won team honors by 20 strokes at 560 (-16).
Eastern Mennonite's men are back on the course next Sunday and Monday at the Shenandoah Invitational at Winchester Country Club in Winchester.