The Elizabethtown College men’s golf team competed in the Alvernia Spring Invitational on Tuesday, March 31 at the LedgeRock Golf Club. Of the 15 teams that competed in the event, the Blue Jays finished in ninth place, shooting a 346 as a team. Etown sent four golfers to Tuesday’s Invitational with all four shooting in the 80s.
In the fall, the Blue Jays competed at Alvernia’s Fall Invitational on the same course they played at on Tuesday. The team hoped for a similar result like the third place finish back in October’s tournament, but a mix of rain and wind took a toll on the competitors in the field.
“It was tough playing in our first match considering the long winter limited our practice time,” sophomore Chuck Johnston said. “We have only had two or three practices so far this year, and the course was also one of the hardest we will play all year.”
Senior Ryan Forbes shot a 12-over 81 to lead all four Blue Jays. Forbes played well on the afternoon, and if not for a triple bogey on the 13th hole, would have placed in the top 20 of the individual standings.
Fellow senior Ryan Laudeman was one shot back of Forbes, shooting an 82 on the day. Laudeman had an outstanding fall season, finishing in the top 10 three times and finishing in the top 15 in all five tournaments. He has started the spring season with a 27th place finish last week, and a 34th place finish on Tuesday.
Junior Adam Amspacher and Johnston rounded out the Blue Jays participants, shooting an 88 and 89, respectively. The Alvernia Spring Invitational was Amspacher’s and Johnston’s first event of the spring.
The Messiah College Falcons took home the team title by 10 strokes, shooting a 306, distancing themselves from second place Muhlenberg College. Penn State Harrisburg and the host team, Alvernia University, finished third and fourth in the team standings, respectively.
Former Middle Atlantic Conference foes, Albright College, Lebanon Valley College and DeSales University, all finished ahead of the Blue Jays in the team standings.
Muhlenberg’s Dan Eidman won the invdividual title, shooting two-under par for a 70 on the day.
“As a team, we can definitely do better,” Johnston said. “We had a good run going at the end of the fall season, so we look to carry the momentum into the spring season.
The Blue Jays will hit the course again after Easter break, competing in the LVC Invitational on April 6. Three days later, Etown will host the Elizabethtown Invitational at the Hershey Country Club East on April 9.