Shepherd Men’s Golf finds Hal Hansen Invitational “challenging”

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The Rams have been unable to get into the type of rhythm they would like to play with so far this season (Photo courtesy of Shepherd University Athletics Department).

The Rams came in seventh place out of ten schools competing in the Hal Hansen Invitational, which was played from Sunday through Monday. Shooting 624 in the tournament, the Rams were not able to execute when it mattered most. 

In dramatic fashion, West Liberty, shooting 599 as a team, captured the tournament championship, winning by one stroke against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and Millersville.  

Nathan Guerrini of IUP had the top performance of all players involved. He shot 144 to lead all participants.  

Cory Hoshor (West Liberty) and Will Ennis (California PA) both tied for second place, shooting 145, finishing just one stroke behind Guerrini.  

Shepherd’s top performance came from sophomore Mike Graessle, who shot 149 to finish in a six-way tie for seventh place. Senior Brandon Dang also finished in a six-way tie for 24th place overall, posting a two-day score of 154. 

Junior Drew Call, sophomore Trey Euler, sophomore Adam Workman, and freshman Kyle Littleton all shot 160 or worse and came in 40th or worse for the Rams.  

Not everyone was able to find their footing on the course, as head coach Edward Dolan mentioned after the match. 

“Narrow fairways made driving challenging. The team played steady on day two, day one we made a lot of big numbers.” 

Going forward, Dolan cited areas of concern the team has to address for upcoming matches. 

“We have to keep the ball in play off of the tee and make more putts 10 feet [in] and closer.”  

The Rams will look to improve in these areas in time for their next match, which will be at the Wally Edgell Invitational in Elkins, West Virginia, starting next Monday, Sept. 20. The second and final day of match play will be on Tuesday, Sept. 26. 

Information from GolfStat.com was used in this article.  

Anthony Bracken is the Sports Editor of The Picket. He can be reached at abrack02@rams.shepherd.edu