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.