By: Bayley Goodman
Indiana University South Bend men and women’s golf wrapped up their first invitational in Pinehurst, N.C. After a two-day invitational, the men finished 9th out of ten teams, and the women’s two players placed individually.
Finishing the weekend out front for the men was junior, Collin Haines who shot an 87 the first day and improved to a 79 on the second day bringing him to a total of 166. Next in scoring was senior Nick Hayden who followed behind Haines by one stroke shooting 167 in the first invitational of the season. Also scoring for IU South Bend is Brayden Bell scoring 176 in his first invitational as a Titan.
“We were pretty lucky to be able to go play at Pinehurst for our first tournament,” said senior Nick Hayden. “It was a great trip to get us back into the feeling of competition but what we were really looking for was to knock some rust off with it being the first time we have competed in over a year.” When asked what Hayden and his team are looking forward to this upcoming season he responded: “We are really looking forward to getting back into competitions after some more outdoor practices and we are excited that coach (Drew Roop) scheduled so many tournaments this season. Once we are warmed up and get some good practice under our belts, I believe we can bring some really good competition to the other team in our conference.”
On the women’s side, Samantha Eaks and Kelsea Harris shot their way through the invite. Eaks led the way for the Crimson and Cream shooting 105 and 90 in the two rounds combining for a total of 195. Behind her was Kelsea Harris shooting 274 in total after shooting 140 on the first day and 134 on the second day.
Next up for the Titans is the LTU Heritage Hill tournament on March 19-21 in Shepherdsville, Ky.