HOMEWOOD, IL – If the Jaguars' season-opening performance at the CCAC Cup is any indication, 2017-18 looks to be a banner year.
For the first time in program history, Governors State men's golf team broke 300, scoring 296 Tuesday to finish fourth out of seven teams at the conference preview tournament held at the Ravisloe Golf Club. The 296 represented the lowest round of the day.
Host Holy Cross (589) captured the team title, five strokes ahead of IU South Bend (594). St. Francis (598) claimed third, followed by Governors State (604), Olivet Nazarene (607), Trinity Christian (619) and Saint Xavier (633). GSU's 36-hole total of 604 also set a team mark.
Senior Matt Contey tied his career-best round with a two-over-par 72 (for a two-day total of 151) while Jack Calderone matched his career-low round with a 74 (registering a 150 total). Casey Domke went out with a 75, finishing with a team-low score of 149 over 36 holes to tie for eighth place overall. Brendon Shibley of Holy Cross shot a 143 to claim medalist honors.
Rookie John Orowicki registered a 75 for a two-day total of 154 and freshman Sam Billman handed in a 77 for a 160 total. Senior John Ciscato missed a career-low round by one stroke, tallying a 91 for a two-day total of 183.
"We equaled several career lows today, the big difference this year is our depth," said GSU Head Coach Mark Haines. "The goal is to contend for a conference championship and seeing our score today says we have that ability."
GSU returns to the links for its home opener on Friday — the Jaguar Fall Invitational — to be held at Lincoln Oaks.