Men’s golf finishes 12th out of 14 teams

By Zack Thompson

Men’s golf finished its spring break with a 12th-place finish at the Talis Park Challenge Monday in Naples, Fla.

The Huskies were tied for 10th after day one of the tournament, but high winds and tough greens got the better of them on day two.

Junior Liam White led the Huskies, shooting rounds of 75, 76 and 78 for a total of 229, which was good for the first top-25 finish of his career. Freshman Caulen Coe finished just two strokes behind White, which gave him a tie for 30th.

Head coach Tom Porten said the Huskies were unable to adapt to the course and the conditions quickly enough to be successful.

“The golf course won today,” Porten said, according to a news release. “We just did not start well as a team. Caulen [Coe], Liam [White] and Jake [Curwin] managed to dig in and fight through the high winds and nasty hole locations, which were as hard as we have ever seen.”

White and Coe each shot final round 78’s for the Huskies, and Curwin was just one shot back, carding a 79. Curwin finished tied for 39th, his best finish in a 54-hole event as a Huskie.

White has played well for the Huskies early on this season, and Porten said if he can eliminate one or two bad holes a round he’ll start posting some good scores.

“On the plus side, outside of Liam’s second hole, he played in last 16 holes in two-over par, battling some really high winds,” Porten said, according to a news release. “He played a fairly solid tournament, and it was good to see him improve as the week went on.”

Porten said the freshmen showed some promise for upcoming matches in the way they adjusted to their inconsistent play.

“Caulen and Jake [have] some stretches of struggles, like everyone did on a day like [Monday], but they battled through adversity,” Porten said, according to a news release.

Vanderbilt claimed the team title with a score of seven over 871 over the 54-hole event, beating second place Wichita State by 19 strokes. Vanderbilt’s Carson Jacobs tied with Austin Peay’s Marco Iten with a one-under par total of 215, giving them the share for medalist honors.

The Huskies have struggled early on this season and will have about three weeks off before they continue tournament play when they head to the Redhawk Invitational April 7 to 8 in University Place, Wash.