Bobcat Finish A Strong Seventh at MEC Spring Invitational

Bobcat Finish A Strong Seventh at MEC Spring Invitational

WESTON – One day, 36 holes of golf and two completely different results for the West Virginia Wesleyan men's golf team in the Mountain East Conference Spring Invitational Monday at the Palmer Course at the Stonewall Resort.

With the practice round wiped out Saturday because of the weather and day one on Sunday wiped out because the course still wasn't playable, the 12 MEC teams played 36 holes today.

The lack of any preparation showed as 11 of the 12 teams improved their score during the second round on the back 18.

No team made a bigger improvement in the second round as the Bobcats.

The Bobcats shot a bloated 362 after the first 18 holes today and that landed them in 10th place.

Wesleyan trimmed an incredible 46 shots of their score to wind up in seventh place with a 678 (362-316).

The 316 was the fifth best round out of the 24 shot by the 12 teams on Monday.

"Our second round today was more like where we should have been in the first round," remarked head coach James Huber. "We ended the second round with a tie for fourth. The men showed a lot of character digging it out in the second round with such a great overall improvement of 46 shots."

John Huggins was the top Bobcat finisher as he placed 15th with a 164 (88-76).

"Huggins had a collegiate best round today with a four-over par 76," said Huber. "His 12-shot improvement was the fourth-best improved round of today."

Nick West finished in a tie for 24th after firing a 166 (88-78).

Ryan Holcomb wound up in a tie for 34th with a 172 (91-81), James Snavely was 45th with a 179 (98-81) and Nathan Baudet-Tredant was 53rd with a 187 (95-92).

West Liberty's Mathew Iceton won the individual title with a 148 (75-73) while Shepherd's Ryan Crabtree was second with a 149 (76-73).

Charleston won the team title with a score of 627 (315-312) while there was a tie for second place with both Shepherd (318-315) and West Liberty (317-316) shooting a 633.

"In our three tournaments this spring, we have had three collegiate best rounds from our team," concluded Huber. "I can only see more of that along with top five finishes in our  future."

The Bobcats will return to action at the two-day Cecil C. Spadafora Invitational at Indiana (Pa.) on April 17-18.