The men’s golf team finished up their season at the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Championship finishing eighth overall in Sorrento, FL on April 14. Lynn University finished first in the tournament with a combined team score of 852.
UT finished with a team score of 903, and junior Zach Schuster finished seventh overall with a score of 72 in each of the first two rounds.
Other key performances included junior Jason Steele, who scored a 228 overall; sophomore Danny Syring, scoring 231; freshman Gary Barnes, scoring 236, and senior Steve Embree, scoring a 236.
As the team’s season comes to a close, they are looking to make positive changes to help improve for next year. The team started off this season winning a couple of their tournaments and finishing top five in the others.
Starting off the fall season the team was ranked outside the top 100, they finished up the fall season with a win and several second place finishes which moved them into the top 50 rankings.
UT started off their season by placing 16th overall at the Saint Leo Invitational, finishing the meet with a score of 603. The team placed within the top five at the Mcdonough Cup out of 19 teams, with a score of 884, tying West Florida and Saint Leo University.
Finishing the fall season, the team entered the spring season on a high note. Unfortunately, they faced some challenges down the road with the injury of Shuster, one of their star players.
This forced him to miss some key tournaments for the Spartans. Despite losing one of their best players, the team finished fourth at the Brevard Invitational, Barnes and Steele tied for 10th place overall at this tournament with an overall score of 226.
The team even had two players competing all year long for the fifth spot, in Barnes and sophomore Justin Elwell. “Both players have a ton of talent and great work ethic,” said Embree.
The team is looking to progress next season by buckling down. “It’s up to the guys on the team to work harder for next year to improve,” said Elwell.
The team has made constant progress over the past two seasons and looks to take the team to the next level in the near future. “This was the best year we’ve had since I’ve been here, but there is always a way to keep improving,” said Elwell.
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