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Men's Golf Sets Program Mark at Tom Kinder Memorial

ronald uszenski lines up a putt

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Bridgewater College men's golf team set a new program low team score for their home tournament, as the Eagles placed second at the 2018 Tom Kinder Memorial.

The final team score of 581 is Bridgewater's lowest ever at a Tom Kinder Memorial.

"I think it's great what the guys achieved this week," said head coach John Rogers. "Here's a starting lineup that includes two freshmen, two sophomore and one junior, and they basically break a school record. The hard work and dedication of these players is starting to bear fruit."

Bridgewater's lowest round of the day came from junior Ronald Uszenski, who shot 71 to finish in a tie for 11th place overall.

Uszenski birdied his second hole of the day (#5), and made five birdies overall on Tuesday. That included two of his final three holes, both par 4s- #1 and #2.

Freshman A.J. Stouffer shot a 73 to finish tied for third overall, just one shot off the lead. He recovered from two bogeys on the first three holes to make three birdies later in his round.

Sophomores Jason Spaar (7th) and Brendan Draughn (T-8th) each carded a final round 73 to give the Eagles three top-10 finishers in the tournament.

Spaar birdied three holes in his round, while Draughn finished with four and made birdie on three straight holes at one point- a par-4 (#7), par-3 (#8) and par-5 (#9).

Draughn set his new personal best by five strokes on Monday and then equaled it today, while Spaar recorded his lowest collegiate tournament score as well. 

Seth Smallwood shot 77-76=153 to finish in a tie for 24th place, rounding out Bridgewater's scoring five.

Blake Sawyer carded an 81 to finish in 42nd place and lead the Eagles' B team. He was followed by Michael Gruver (81-83=164, T-45th) and Taylor Ferguson (88-77=165, T-47th).

Also competing on the B team was Matthew Sengul (88 on Tuesday) and Hayden Moore (93 in his final round).

Hampden-Sydney held off Bridgewater by four strokes to win the team title, thanks to co-champions John Ferguson and Hunter Martin (both -2 for the tournament). Martin closed with 10 straight pars to help hold off Stouffer and the Eagles.

The Eagles, who are averaging a stellar 290.3 team average early in the 2018-19 season, will compete next at the Oglethorpe/Royal Lakes Fall Invitational in Georgia on Oct. 1-2.