The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Golf team hosted the 20th annual Southeastern Kentucky Intercollegiate (SEKI) Tournament on Monday April 1st and 2nd at Crooked Creek Golf Course in London, Kentucky. The Patriots had a good first round of 292 (+4) giving them a 13 stroke lead over Holy Cross (Ind.) College who shot a 305 (+17). The second day, the Patriots wrapped up the tournament firing a 300 (+12) for a two day total of 592 (+16) finishing as the tournament champions as they took a 23 stroke victory over 2nd place Holy Cross (Ind.) College who shot a 310 (+22) for a two day total of 615 (+39).
Leading the way for the Patriots "A" team was Alastair Tidcombe (Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada) who had a great tournament firing a 74 (+2) on day one and a great round of 70 (-2) on day two for a total of 144 (E). Tidcombe was the SEKI Tournament Individual Champion making this his 4th career win while at UC. Following was Hugo Alvarez Asorey (Oviedo, Spain) shooting a 71 (-1) in round one and a 77(+5) in round two for a two day total of 148 (+4) finishing in 3rd place individually and receiving a spot on the All-Tournament team. Senior Matt Walton (Lancashire, United Kingdom) was next for the Patriots firing a 73 (+1) for round one and a 76 (+4) for round two for a total of 149 (+5) finishing in 4th place individually and receiving a spot on the All-Tournament team. Next for the Patriots was senior Niclas Rigbrandt (Nykoping, Sweden) shooting a first round score of 74 (+2) and a second round of 78 (+6) for a two day total of 152 (+8) finishing tied for 6th place and receiving an All-Tournament team honor as well. Rounding out the Patriots was Vince Drahman (Noblesville, IN) firing a 75 (+3) the first day and a 77 (+5) the second day for a total of 152 (+8) finishing tied with Rigbrandt for 6th place and receiving an All-Tournament team honor.
The Patriots "B" team finished the tournament overall in 4th place with a first round score of 310 (+22) and a second round score of 321 (+33) for a two day total of 631 (+55). Leading the Patriots "B" team was Isac Lambertsson (Njutanger, Sweden) who shot a 76 (+4) in round one and then was DQ'd in round two. Freshman Lucas Domeij (Stockholm, Sweden) was next firing a 78 (+6) the first round and a 77 (+5) on the second day for a total of 155 (+11) finishing tied for 16th overall. Stuart Balcombe (Clevedon, United Kingdom) followed shooting a 78 (+6) during round one and a 79 (+7) during round two for a total of 157 (+13). Junior Eli Towery (Mayfield, KY) shot a 78 (+6) during the opening round and an 80 (+8) during the final round for a total of 158 (+14) finishing tied for 28th. Rounding out the "B" team was Tyler Morgan (Annville, KY) shooting an 80 (+8) during round one and an 85 (+13) during round two for a total of 165 (+21).
The Patriots also had three Individuals that participated as well. Junior Patrick Goodhue (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) shot an 88 (+16) in round one and a 74 (+2) in round two for a total of 162 (+18) finishing tied for 40th overall. Junior Stephen Marbach (Naperville, IL) shot a 74 (+2) for day one and a 90 (+18) for day two for a total of 164 (+20) finishing tied for 47th. Rounding out the Patriots was freshman Cameron Branham (Glasgow, KY) shooting an 84 (+12) in round one and a 93 (+21) in round two for a total of 177 (+33) finishing tied for 79th overall.
Head Coach Chris Kraftick commented, "It has been rough spring with shortened and cancelled tournaments so we really needed to get some tournament rust off. We didn't play close to our best golf but were still never really challenged. I was really excited about how our 2nd team played finishing 4th of 17 and leading for a good portion of round 1. I'm very proud of Ally this week. He really struggled on Monday but fought hard and got himself in position for a chance to win. When he gets close to the lead he knows how to finish it off."
The Patriots will be back in action on Monday and Tuesday April 8th and 9th in the NAIA Classic at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, IN.
For more information on the Patriot golf programs along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com
Article provided by Laura Beth Harris, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Student Assistant