Men's Golf News & Highlights
March 24, 2014
Eagles Finish 2nd At York
The Eagles shot a program-best 305 (+17) on the par 72, 6,100-yard course at Out Door Country Club on Monday. Eagles' head coach Mark Birtwistle emphasized the progress he sees his team making. "We beat some teams that we've never beaten today," he said.
The struggle for a top-5 finish was a tight one, Eastern's 305 strokes put them just in front of Muhlenberg College (306), Dickinson College (307) and York College (310). Franklin & Marshall College had the top team score, finishing at 290 (+2).
Ryan Torresin's score of 71 was tied with two other golfers after 18 holes. Torresin won the tie-breaker after a match of cards comparing the top three golfers' scores on the hardest holes. After all three golfers had an even score on the two toughest holes, Torresin had the better score on the third-handicap hole and was named the tournament's medalist.
Freshman Andrew Barbin Jr. and Logan Maurer finished among the top 20 golfers. Barbin Jr. shot a 76 to finish tied for 12th and Maurer finished a stroke behind Barbin to come in tied for 17th. Barbin Jr. and Maurer finished strong, birdying their final hole of the tournament. Birtwistle noted Barbin Jr.'s consistent play. Barbin went 16 holes before picking up a double bogey.
Ethan Herr posted a solid 81 from the four spot to round out the Eagles' score card. Birtwistle, who saw Torresin and Maurer post consistently good scores last season said that it was great having Barbin Jr. (a freshman) and Herr (who did not play last year) step up and play well.
Birtwistle emphasized to his team their mental game and said that in the past, early mistakes might have killed some of his golfers. "Logan and Ryan had double bogeys early on, but they showed a lot of maturity," he said. "I thought they did a good job of bouncing back after a couple bad holes."
The Eagles will look to keep up the consistent play on Sunday and Monday in the Immaculata Invitational.
Updated: Monday, 24 March 2014