Final round-Men’s golf team finishes with a victory

The Albion men’s golf team ended their season with its second straight win on Wednesday, Oct. 14.  The final jamboree was played at the Wuskowhan Player’s Club at Hope College. The Britons posted a 291 total that was good enough for a six-stroke victory over Hope College and Trine University.

“We had a fantastic performance in our final jamboree at Hope, ” said Jordan Rich, head coach. “To go in there and be the first visiting team to win on that golf course is a tremendous accomplishment, and a great way to end the season.” 

The team was led with two rounds of 71 posted by Zach Benedict, Manchester junior, and Scott Merritt, Bloomfield Hills sophomore, which put them both in third place individually.

 “ It was my best round of the season, and everything seemed to click,” Merritt said.

All-MIAA second team Mark McLaughlin, Monroe senior, came in with a 74. The 74 was good enough for a tie for ninth place.

  “I played well up until the last hole, but one bad shot ruined a solid round,” McLaughlin said.

With the fall season over, the focus switches to the spring season. The team feels good about how they finished and hopes to bring that momentum into the spring season.

 “Because of how well we played at the end of the season, it gives us huge confidence for our spring season,” McLaughlin said.

Along with his all-MIAA second team award, McLaughlin also took home the league’s sportsmanship award. With two straight wins to end the season, Albion vaulted into a tie for second place with Calvin College in the final MIAA standings.

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