STAFFORD, Va. - A balanced effort from the Catholic University men's golf team resulted in a strong third place finish out of nine competing teams this past weekend at the Eagle Invitational hosted by the University of Mary Washington. The Cardinals' four scoring golfers hovered around an 80 round average to finish with a 644 score (321-323, +76) in the two day invitational.
With two under-80 rounds, Catholic's top four averaged an 80.25 score on day one for a 321 day, good for third place. The team followed with a similar effort on Sunday, shooting 323 for an 80.75 average that secured the same position behind first-place Mary Washington (597, +29) and second-place Washington & Jefferson (609, +41). The 644 is Catholic's second-best 36-hole performance of the year behind a 641 score at the Landmark Fall Invitational on October 20-21, 2018.
Freshman Kaden Kinard led Cardinal golfers with two strong rounds at 78 and 81 for a 159 overall score. The +17 effort finished him 15th out of 51 competing golfers. A first round 78 in nice weather conditions on Saturday marks his third-lowest career score. Colder and windier weather on Sunday did not affect the New Castle, Del. native much as he carded an 81.
Fellow freshmen Zach Mueller and Alex Freedman followed close behind on day one, both shooting 82 scores. Mueller shot an 80 on Sunday to finish with a 162 (+20) and Freedman finished just one stroke behind with an 81 for a 163 (+21) overall score.
First year Mike Marie finished fourth on the team with a 168 (+26) invitational score. Marie had a strong 79 first round and shot ten strokes higher on Sunday to finish at 168. Sophomore Matthew Laurendeau carded 89 and 81 rounds for a 170 (+28) overall score.
Freshman Jack McCarthy and junior Cavan Hagerty competed as individual golfers during the weekend. McCarthy shot played two rounds, shooting 85 and 92, and Hagerty carded a 93 in his one round on Saturday.
The men's team will be back in action for Landmark competition next weekend at the Susquehanna Invitational in Selinsgrove, Pa. The Cardinals tee off at Susquehanna Valley Country Club on Saturday, April 6 for a two day tournament.