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Eagles Top All D-III Teams at Pfeiffer Invitational

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HILTON HEAD, S.C. - The Bridgewater College men's golf team jumped into second place at the Pfeiffer Invitational, and first among D-III competitors.

The Eagles shot 628 as a team after a 316 on Tuesday, finishing two strokes ahead of both Adrian and Baldwin Wallace. Division II Mars Hill would go on to win the tournament by 30 strokes.

Ronald Uszenski improved on his 76 from yesterday with a one-over par 73 that put him in fourth place overall. He made the All-Tournament Team after a round that included birdies on both #16 and #17.

The Eagles had two top-10 finishers, as Eugene Dillon closed with a 78 to place ninth overall.

Brendan Draughn shot 80 and Jason Spaar carded an 83. The Eagles trailed Baldwin Wallace after the first round and tried to play as if they were taking them on in match-play today. Both Draughn and Spaar helped BC make headway against BW- Draughn rolled in a nice 12-footer for birdie on #7 and Spaar had an eagle putt on 16 before settling for birdie.

Michael Gruver shot 92 and Seth Smallwood, pleased with his driving today, shot 84 as an individual. 

"This was a great gut-check for the guys," said head coach John Rogers. "A year ago during spring break we could have won a tournament, but the chilly, rainy weather got to us. This year the guys just got to work, and they were able to get past the idea of 'normal' scores long enough to compete successfully- this is really an 'unofficial win' since we beat everyone in our division. Sometimes it's not about the numbers, but about putting yourself in a position to win."