ATLANTA – Men's Golf within the ASUN Conference officially teed off last weekend as both Eastern Kentucky and Stetson took to the links to get the 2022-23 calendar underway. The Colonels were able to come away with a top-10 finish after placing in a tie for ninth at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invite in Muncie, Ind., while the Hatters competed in New York at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate and earned a runner-up placement with a second-place finish as a team.
EKU (+49; 889) improved three spots in the final round and had five players in the top 67 on the leaderboard, including Justin Begley, who rose up the standings 14 spots in round three for a tie for 15th at 8-over-par (218). He was joined inside the top 50 golfers by teammates Matt Jordan (+13; T44) and Reese Sexton (+14; T48). Stetson's Matt Gauntlett used a six-hole stretch Monday morning at the Turning Stone Resort to post four birdies and an eagle, turning a five-shot deficit into a one-stroke lead en route to earning medalist honors at the first event of the season for the Hatters' men's golf team. Gauntlett finished the final round tied with Missouri's Jack Lundin at 13-under-par (203), but earned medalist honors in a playoff. In total, he carded 15 birdies and two eagles at the tournament.
The Hatters (-6; 858) also had two other players finish just outside the top 10 in the event in Cameron Henry and Mason Quagliata, who both tied for 12th at 2-over-par. John Houchin, who had consecutive even-par rounds on Sunday, finished with a 75 on Monday to tie for 16th. Javier Calles Roman moved up 10 spots on the leaderboard in the final round while Truman Keppy jumped up 11 positions, both posting an even-par 72 on the last day.
Additional league squads hit the links for the first time this year on Friday when the trio of FGCU, Liberty and North Florida battle it out in North Carolina at the Rod Myers Invitational. A slew of other squads, including ASUN newcomers Austin Peay and Queens, get their swings in beginning on Sunday and play into early next week.
|T1||Matt Gauntlett (5)||67||69||67||203|
|T12||Cameron Henry (4)||72||70||76||218|
|T16||John Houchin (1)||72||72||75||219|
|T22||Javier Calles (2)||75||75||72||222|
|29||Truman Keppy (3)||76||77||72||225|
Earl Yestingsmeier Invite Results
|T15||Justin Begley (3)||80||67||71||218|
|T44||Matt Jordan (5)||75||72||76||223|
|T48||Reese Sexton (4)||81||72||71||224|
|T67||Francesco Guarneri (1)||84||71||75||230|
|T67||Gehrig Sexton (2)||79||76||75||230|
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