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GULFPORT, Miss. (Oct. 29, 2013) – Five Rend Lake College golfers made a triumphant end to their fall season with a second place finish at the MGCCC Hilton Garden Inn Invitational, Oct. 28 and 29, at Windance Country Club in Gulfport, Miss.
The overall score for the RLC golfers was 594, 298 on the first day and 296 on the second. The Warriors shot the lowest of all 17 teams competing in the tournament on day two. Head Coach Lucas Cromeenes said day two of the tournament was great, but there is still room for improvement.
“Overall it was really good. We struggled coming in, but that’s a good thing too because there’s room for improvement there,” he said. “As to where we finished, that’s definitely good. When we made the turn today, we were even or plus one, and we ended the day at plus eight, so we didn’t play the back too well. It could’ve been better, but I’m happy with the whole tournament.”
The team was led by sophomore Travis Waninger (Chrisney, Ind.) who shot a 145 (70-75), earning him a spot on the All-Tournament team, and tied him in fifth place with Dallas Shepard of Meridian Community College of Meridian, Miss. After day one, Waninger was in third, two strokes behind a first place tie between Cole Glass of Faulkner State Community College of Minette, Ala., who placed third overall at 143 (68-75) and Josh Moss of the University of Mobile of Mobile, Ala., who placed fourth at 144 (68-76).
Hayes Weathersby of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College of Perkinston, Miss. placed first in the tournament, up from a fourth, with 139 (71-68). He was followed by Tim Walker of Central Alabama Community College of Alexander City, Ala. in second with 141 (71-70). Weathersby and Walker tied in fourth place after day one.
Next up for the Warriors was Blake Swofford (Vandalia), who tied for 10th with a 148 (75-73). He was followed by golfer Matt Greenfield (Hassocks, England) who ended the day at 149 (76-73) and tied for 13th place. Sophomore Dayton Jones (Hopkinson, Ky.) finished the tournament at 152 (77-75) and tied for 23rd place. Fellow golfer Matthew Williams (Mt. Vernon) placed 60th with 161 (80-81).
Cromeenes added this tournament was a great end to the fall season, and he expects big things out of the golfers come springtime.
“It’s a good way for us to end, especially with Dayton Jones playing and doing well,” he said. “He hurt his hand and only played the first and last tournaments this fall, so we’ve been playing without one of our best golfers. We’ll have a good upside for the spring with him back and I’m looking forward to it being a very good spring season for us. Our ultimate goal is to win Nationals, so that’s where our heads are.”
Full results from the tournament are posted online at www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=4565.
For all things athletic at The Lake, visit www.rlc.edu/warriors.