Wesleyan Golf Finishes 7th at Tough D3 Tourney

Grady Anderson
Grady Anderson

COLUMBUS, OH- The NC Wesleyan Men's Golf team finished 7th out of 13 teams in the prestigious Gordin Collegiate Classic this week at the Columbus Country Club hosted by Ohio Wesleyan.

Some of the top D3 teams in the country competed with Illinois Wesleyan taking the title with a three round score of 850 to finish at -14 under par while Emory University was 2nd, 6 strokes back and Guilford College third at 867. Fellow USA South member Huntingdon then finished one spot ahead of the Bishops in 6th at 882 while NCWC was 7th with a three-round score of 886 (+22). Wesleyan did beat fellow rival Methodist by 11 strokes as well as the Monarchs placed 9th.

NCWC shot 294 (+6) as a team in the first round before firing a 299 (+11) in round two on Monday to sit in 8th place. The Battling Bishops then fought back on Tuesday to shoot a 293 (+5), which was the 5th best score of the day to move into 7th overall.

Juan de Giacomi, a sophomore, shot three impressive rounds of par or better to pace the Bishops and make the all-tournament team with his solo 5th place finish. He shot an even par 72 in round one before shooting two under par rounds of 70 and 71 to finish at 213, -3 under par.

Senior Grady Anderson and junior Mariano Silvestri then followed Giacomi on the team by finishing in a tie for 32nd overall with scores of 223 to finish +7 over par. Anderson shot 76 and 77 on day one before coming back to fire a -2 under par round of 70 on Tuesday while Silvestri shot a -1 under par 71 in round one before fading to still-good scores of 75 and 77 over the next two rounds. 

Sophomore Inaki Beitia then completed the scoring by shooting a 227 on the week with rounds of 75, 77 and 75 to finish +11 over par in 41st place out  of 70. Finally, junior Dustin Wood, last week's champ, shot very consistent rounds of 77 all week to finish 50th at 231 (+15).

Illinois Wesleyan's Rob Wuethrich won the tournament with a (-7) 209 (69-71-69). 

The golf team is next in action on October 15-16 in Destin, FL at the Golfweek D3 Invitational at Raven Golf Club.