The North Greenville Crusaders accomplished something they had not ever done before.
The men’s team won the school’s first Conference Carolina’s tournament championship.
The tournament was played at Cutter Creek Golf Club in Snow Hill, North Carolina.
Led by senior Evan Gfeller and junior Seth Robertson the Crusaders took the tournament lead in the second round and won the title by nine shots over Barton College.
While the men claimed a tournament victory the North Greenville women were almost as happy with fourth place. It was their best finish in the conference tournament.
North Greenville golf coach Robbie Edwards set a high bar for his men’s and women’s team at the beginning of the year. The Crusaders coach saw the potential his teams had and let them know what he thought they could achieve.
“I talked to the school paper and told them we could win the men’s conference championship,” he said. “I also thought our women were good enough to figure in the top-five,” added Edwards.
Difficult weather conditions helped individual scores go up on the final day, but with Gfeller and Robertson each finishing the tournament at even par and tied for second place the Crusaders outdistanced the field.
“We played the way we were capable of playing and we won. Evan and Seth played great and we got good support out of Chase Fisher and Austin Duncan. Josiah Ledford had some gutty performances during the year to help us set the stage for the win” said a very happy coach.
Gfeller was named to the All Conference team along with Brett Krekorian, Will Woodard and Zack Pritchett of Limestone. Freshman Duncan made the third All-Conference team.
Robertson joined Gfeller on the All-Tournament team.
Eric Shea of Southern Wesleyan was the tournament’s individual champion. Shae carded the best round of the tournament when he opened the first round with a 6-under par 66. He made a critical putt on his final hole to win the championship by a stroke at 1-under par.
The Limestone women’s team won the Conference Carolinas championship with a convincing 39 shot victory.
Victoria Ross won the individual title by 2-shots over her teammate Eleonor Skoog.
Erskine College finished second with Barton College finishing third in front of the North Greenville team.
The Crusader’s Savannah Hallman finished in third place and teammate Ashlynn Mullins was fifth leading the team to its fourth place finish.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of all our players. They responded to the difficult weather conditions and never quit. They got as much out of their play as they could,” said Edwards.
The North Greenville men’s team now has two weeks off before they begin play in the NCAA Division II Regional to be played at the Rock Barn Golf Club in Hickory, NC.
“We have some things to work on to get ready for the regional and then hopefully keep playing well and earn a trip to the nationals in Alabama,” concluded Edwards.