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Eagles Finish Fifth at Randolph Macon

the bridgewater team, including players with their winners' flags, at Randolph-Macon

HANOVER, Va. - The Bridgewater men's golf team played an impressive front nine Tuesday and shot a team score of 301 at the Ted Keller Memorial, but the Eagles were unable to move up the leaderboard and finished fifth of thirteen teams.

The Eagles were led on day two by senior Ocean Armstrong. Armstrong made an impressive effort to shoot 74 despite hitting only three fairways. "I made it kind of difficult on myself today off the tee, but I'm glad my short game came through for me," he said. Flags were awarded to the top eighteen places, and Armstrong's solid second round allowed him to move up and take the final flag.

A bright spot for the Eagles this week was Jason Spaar who shot 74-76 to finish eighth of 69 players, even though he had never been to Hanover Country Club before. Spaar played steadily throughout both rounds and his only large number was an unfortunate incident on the #1 hole; Spaar had 150 yards to a downhill green and conservatively played a pitching wedge (his 130-yards club) which somehow flew the entire green and went out of bounds, leading to a triple bogey. "For Jason to come in here as a freshman and take a top-10 spot, and play like he did, is something that bodes well for the future of Bridgewater golf," said head coach John Rogers.

Senior Jake Norby returned to form in the second round, shooting a 75. That helped him move up to 23rd place. Norby has played very consistently throughout the 2017-18 season so far.

Senior Luke Hill shot 76 for the second day in a row and gave a spark to the team with an eagle on the par-5 fifteenth hole after he hit a 3-iron 17 feet from the hole and drained the putt. Hill's total of 152 earned him the 14th place flag.

Sophomore Ronald Uszenski dropped five shots from his first round and shot 77 playing in the fifth spot for the eagles. Senior Matthew Padgett shaved seven strokes off his first round to post 83 playing as an individual.

After a shotgun start on Tuesday morning the Eagles intended to make a charge up the leaderboard, and did so on their front nine which included most of the holes on the inward nine at Hanover. The team played the fifteenth hole cumulatively at six under par (four birdies and Hill's eagle) and briefly moved into third-place, just three shots out of the lead. Unfortunately the momentum shifted as the Eagles made the turn, and they settled back into fifth place where they started the day. In the end, the team played the inward nine at +1 and the outward nine at +20, but still improved over their first round by eight strokes.

Gettysburg College claimed the team championship and their top player Daniel Harcourt won the individual title.

The Eagles are back in action next week at the VSGA Championship in Midlothian, Virginia.