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Claycomb, McCullough finish 1 & 2 at Franklin Invite

French Lick, IN - The Vincennes University Golf team got off to a hot start at Donald Ross Golf Course this weekend as Sophomore Blake Claycomb took the individual win with a total score of 147, Freshman Keegan McCullough finished runner-up with a total score of 149, and the team tied for first, but lost to host Franklin College on the 5th golfer tie breaker.

The golfers were in for cold and blustery conditions at Donald Ross Golf Course in French, Lick Indiana. Coach Chattin said, “We played in some pretty cold and blustery conditions this weekend. The start of the match was even pushed back 2 hours because of freeze conditions, so on those hill-tops, things got pretty windy.”

The team looked great through the first round, as both Claycomb and McCullough shot 74’s for their first set of holes, finishing 4-over-par in really tough conditions. Freshman Zach Breault finished with a first-round score of 81, and fellow freshman Tanner Gray rounded-out the first-round scoring for the Blazers, shooting 83.

Coach Chattin was very happy with how his team played in the first-round, but raved about how they played in the 2nd. He said, “We played some good holes, and shot well considering the course and the conditions. I was really pleased though, with how we played the 2nd half. Almost everyone managed to battle back, and play a better 2nd round, and again, considering the conditions and course, was really impressive to me.”

Claycomb was again the low-stroke man for the Trailblazers. He finished with a 2nd round score of 73, and a combined score of 147, good enough to place 1st as an individual. McCullough again followed closely behind with a 2nd round score of 75. He shot 149 for the match, narrowly clipped by 2-strokes by Claycomb, and finished a close 2nd. The pair of freshmen of Breault & Gray both battled-back to shoot 78’s in the 2nd round, bringing their combined scores to 159 & 161 respectively. When the smoke cleared, both VU, and host Franklin College had tallied up team scores of 616. The tie breaker then falls to the 5th golfer. Unfortunately, with the team only having 4 golfers, Franklin College won the Invitational on the tie breaker.

However, Coach Chattin was really pleased with his team’s performance, and looks forward to their next match March 16th-18th in Scottsboro, Alabama. Coach Chattin said, “The Spring Fling at Goosepond is one of the biggest Junior College Tourneys in the country, and will be a really good chance for us to size-up our competition, and see where we stand moving forward.”


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