Royals Make Huge Jump To Tie For Fourth

For the second straight tournament, Riley Kingsley shot an 82 on the final day. (photo by Scott Eyre)
For the second straight tournament, Riley Kingsley shot an 82 on the final day. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's men had one of the best team scores of the day, making a big jump into a tie for fourth place at the Emory & Henry Fall Classic in Abingdon, Va., on Tuesday. The Royals cut 38 strokes off their team score, marking the biggest one-day improvement in program history.

Three men made double-digit cuts as Eastern Mennonite scored a 330 to surge to a finish of 698 (+122). As a team, they made up 10 strokes on Southern Virginia to forge a tie for fourth. The Royals nearly caught Emory & Henry's Blue team, which was three strokes ahead at 695 (+119).

Lucas Miller (San Antonio, Tex./Brandeis) was the only consistent golfer for the Royals, carding an 84 (+12) each day on the 6855-yard Glenrochie Country Club. He finished tied for 14th out of the 40 men at the tournament.

Senior Andrew Alderfer (Faber, Va./Nelson County) struggled on day one with a 94, but more than returned to form on Tuesday, landing EMU's low round of 78 for a massive 16-stroke jump. It was also Alderfer's low round of the year as he finished 17th at 172 (+28).

Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan./Newton) also had a 94 on Monday before adding an 82 to tie for 19th at 176 (+32). Benjamin Shenk (Elkton, Va./Page County) whacked 10 strokes off to finish at 182 (+38) in 26th place. Chris Fenn (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) rounded out the team at 192 (+48) for 33rd place.

Paul Meints of D-II Virginia Union won medalist honors at 151 (+7). VUU had three of the top four golfers to claim the team title at 623 (+47).

Eastern Mennonite has one more tournament left this fall, heading to the VSGA Collegiate Oct. 16 and 17 at Stonehenge Golf & Country Club in Richmond, Va.