GLENDEN BEACH, OR – The St. Gregory's University men's golf team journeyed to the west coast to take on a strong field at the 2017 Coastal Collegiate Classic. The two day, 54-hole tournament was held at the Salishan Golf Links in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.
Early morning starts both days gave the field a brief window of good conditions, but strong winds and rain were common themes on the Pacific Northwest course.
The Cavs got off to a slow start after the first two rounds on day one and sat in a tie for 13th, but rallied in the rain during round three to move up to finish in 12th for the tournament.
Braden Ricks (SO/Shawnee, Okla.) and Grant Sikes (FR/Muskogee, Okla) led the way for St. Gregory's with Jake Bay (FR/Shattuck, Okla) and Nathan Roy (JR/Topeka, Kan.) close behind. Morgen Pettigrew (SR/Shawnee, Okla.) was forced to withdraw from the tournament after just six holes due to a knee injury he sustained on his second hole of the tournament. With the gap left by Pettigrew's absence, the Cavs were forced to play four / score four for the tournament.
Matias Nelson (SO/Mustang, Okla.) played as an individual for the Cavaliers, but was not able to fill in for Pettigrew because the tournament had already begun when his injury was sustained.
Roy had the round of the tournament for the men on the last day as he shot a +2 score of 73 through the wind and rain. His final round consisted of one birdie and fifteen pars. Sikes held the honor of low score for the Cavaliers over the first two rounds after he carded three birdies and eleven pars to shoot a +3 score of 74 to begin his tournament on Monday. Ricks carded his best score in the first round as he fired a 76 (+5) despite strong winds blowing in off the Pacific. Bay shot a 77 (+6) in round two battling the same windy conditions and Nelson posted two 78s on the leaderboard, one in the first round and one to finish out the tournament.
Coach Bennett had this to say about his team's performance this week, "This week was a challenge for us mentally and physically. The conditions were tough and the course demanded a lot of us. We faced a lot of adversity, but I think we will be better for it. We will get back to work and finish this fall season off strong."
The Cavaliers will close out their fall season at the MSSU Fall Invitational at Shangri-La Golf Resort on Monkey Island, OK on October 23rd and 24th.