COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In the first action of its inaugural spring season, the Catholic University men's golf team placed second in the Catholic Invitational on Sunday afternoon.
The Cardinals shot a 332 (+48) score on the par-71 University of Maryland Golf Course. Shenandoah finished first (311) with five golfers finishing in the top ten and Marymount took third (337) in the tri-match event. As a unit, Catholic totaled 57 pars and seven birdies.
Freshman Zach Mueller led Cardinal golfers with a 78 score, including a tie for the match's best score after nine holes at 35. The men started on the back nine, and Mueller got out of the gates quickly, shooting four under par through seven holes. After three pars to start his round, the Little Silver, N.J. native eagled the par-5 15th and followed with birdie, par, birdie to start strong. His 78 (+7) tied for third behind a winning 76 (+5) mark.
Fellow freshman Kaden Kinard followed close behind as the other Catholic golfer in the top ten, carding an 81 (+10). Kinard got hot down the stretch, finishing without a blemish in his last seven holes. He shot six pars and one birdie on the par-3 8th hole to close out his 37 score on the front nine to finish tied for eighth.
First year Alex Freedman carded an 86 with eight pars, and junior Cavan Hagerty and sophomore Matthew Laurendeau each followed with 87 rounds with six pars a piece. Hagerty joined Mueller with a birdie on the par-5 16th.
In the individual groups, freshman Mike Marie led Catholic with 10 pars for an 83 (+12) round. Jack McCarthy followed just behind with an 84 round that included birdies on the 9th and 11th holes. Junior Anthony Ricci also birdied hole 8 on his way to a 94 (+23) score.
The Cardinals compete next weekend in the Eagle Invitational hosted by Mary-Washington on March 30-31. Catholic will compete Saturday and Sunday in Stafford, Va. at Augustine Golf Club.