Men’s Golf – First half of the season recap

By Austin Foate

The fall golf season has concluded for the AC golf team as they wrapped up play Oct. 5. 

The Men’s team started its season at the Gatorade Collegiate hosted by the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio,  at the Zora Village Golf Course Aug. 31 to Sept. 1. 

 The men finished in seventh place out of nine teams both days. After the first day, senior Nolan Duda and junior Brett McGugan posted scores of 74 and 75, respectively, for 18 holes. The second day, McGugan carded a 76, finishing 11th individually, while Duda had a 78, good for 14th place. Freshman Trevor Benoit carded an 81 and a 76, respectively, for the weekend tournament, finishing in 27th place.  Sophomore Brett Dudeck had an 80 on Friday and an 82 on Saturday, finishing 42nd, while freshman Jack Johnson carded an 84 in the first round and an 85 in the second to finish 46th.

On Sept. 9, the men traveled  to the Wuskowhan Players club for MIAA Jamboree One, hosted by Hope College. The Bulldogs were able to grab fourth place out of eight teams, carding a 314 team score. A big contribution to the team effort was sophomore Jackson Tellerico, who finished with a 73. Tellerico finished second in individual scoring. Junior Hayden Winch helped the effort with his 77, good for a 15th place spot in individual scoring. Duda carded an 81, finishing 21st, Benoit had an 83, for 31st and McGugan scored 85 for 37th place.  

The next stop for the Bulldogs was the Irish Hills Intercollegiate Tournament in Jackson Sept. 13-14 at The Grande Golf Club. After the first day of play, the team was holding on to sixth out of 13 teams, carding a 321. After the second day, the Bulldogs moved up to fifth with a 303, for a weekend total of 624. Benoit was the leader with a 76 on Friday and a 78 on Saturday, placing 15th individually. McGugan had an even 80 on Friday and improved to 75 on Saturday, finishing 17th, while  Winch carded an 82 the first day and a 76 the second for 24th place. Duda was 24th overall, carding an 84 on Friday and a 74 on Saturday, while Tellerico was 37th with an 83 the first day, improving to 79 on the second day.

The second MIAA Jamboree Sept. 21 was hosted by Alma College at the Pine River Country Club. The Bulldogs finished fifth out of the eight teams with a score of 319. Leading the Bulldogs on the course was Jack Johnson who carded  a 77, placing 12th individually. Winch had a 78, placing 17th individually while Tellerico and McGugan each had 82 and finished tied for 30th, and Benoit carded a 93 for 44th place.

The Bulldogs hosted the third MIAA Jamboree at the Lenawee Country Club  Sept. 28, and AC put its home field advantage to good use, carding a team score of 301 and finishing third overall. Tellerico (73) was eighth individually, followed by Benoit with a 74, Duda with a 78, and Johnson with an 80.

On September 30, Kalamazoo College hosted the fourth MIAA Jamboree at the Kalamazoo Country Club. The Bulldogs held on for a sixth-place finish out of eight teams, carding a score of 319. Leading the pack was Winch, who scored a 73 for the tournament, placing second individually. Tellerico (80/24), McGugan (83/31), Benoit (83/31) and Duda (89/41) to round out the scoring. Freshman Joe Kowatch entered as an individual for this tournament and carded  a 77 for 21st place. 

The MIAA Fall Final in East Lansing brought eight teams together for the last time. Held at the Forest Akers West Golf Course, the tournament saw the Bulldogs carding  311 on Friday and 308 on Saturday to finish in fifth place with a score of 619. Duda led the Bulldogs on the links with scores of 78 and 75, respectively, good for 10th place individually. Winch wasn’t far behind with a 79 and a 76, finishing 18th. Benoit had a 76 and a 79 for 18th place, while McGugan finished in 29th place with a 73 and an 83. Tellerico was 33rd with an 84 and a 78. 

The team is in fifth place overall for the conference out of the eight teams. The Bulldogs average 312 for the four Jamborees and the two days of the Fall Final. In first place of the MIAA is Trine, who averaged 292.8 so far. Following them is second place, Hope College, averaging 310.7. Third place is Kalamazoo College, which averaged 307.7. Fourth place is Calvin College, who averaged 308.5. The last three places in the conference are: Albion College, Alma College and Olivet College. In the individual standings, the Bulldogs highest golfer is Hayden Winch, who is in twelfth place. Twentieth place is Jack Tellerico for individuals. 

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