Men's Golf News & Highlights
May 14, 2014
Eagles' Season Ends At Championships
Eagles' head coach Mark Birtwistle said that the Eagles could have played better, but that he was proud of them for getting to the championships. "This was the goal our team set two years ago to make it to this point," he said. "I was super proud of their dedication to get here. They weren't playing their best golf this week, but this experience has been a lot of fun. They'll get to take this experience with them, and they helped get Eastern's name out there."
The Eagles played on the shorter West Course of Grandover Resort on Wednesday. The par-72 course played at 6,770 yards and the Eagles shot 27 strokes better than on Tuesday. Freshman Andrew Barbin Jr. had the top finish for the Eagles, carding an 81, 11 strokes improved from Tuesday. Barbin had pars on eight holes and birdied the par-four 13th hole. Birtwistle commented that Barbin was very consistent in getting off the tee. He only had one double-bogey on Wednesday.
Seniors Ethan Herr and Logan Maurer ended their careers with rounds in the 80s. Herr had seven pars and two double-bogeys to finish with an 83. Like Barbin, he also birdied hole No. 13. Maurer had the highlight of the day, sinking an eagle on the par-four 14th hole. He had a strong drive down the middle that landed on the fairway and followed it up with a chip that landed about four feet from the hole, broke left and dropped in for the eagle. Maurer had par on 10 holes, but was hurt by two holes where he took double-digit strokes. Birtwistle explained that it was a tight, difficult course with out-of-bounds areas on all sides with lots of ways to pick up penalty strokes.
Ryan Torresin rounded out the Eagles' scoring with a 90 and birdied the fourth hole. Mason Waldhauser recorded a 91, his second best total this season. "He's getting better and better," coach Birtwistle said. Birtwistle said that Mason made it a goal all season to score a birdie, and he finally achieved that on Wednesday. Waldhauser, after notching a 10 on the par-five 16th hole, came back strong with a par on No. 17 and then on the 18th and final hole of the season, Waldhauser sank a birdie on the par-four hole.
The Eagles, having reached the national stage for the first time, will look to build on that experience next season and continue to improve as a program.
Updated: Thursday, 15 May 2014