Spartan Golfers Play Well to Open Tom Kinder Memorial Tournament

Spartan Golfers Play Well to Open Tom Kinder Memorial Tournament

HARRISONBURG, VA – The York College golf squad opened their 2015 fall campaign with a strong opening round at the Tom Kinder Memorial Tournament hosted by Bridgewater College at Lakeview Golf Club in Harrisonburg, Virginia on Saturday.

The Spartans fired a team total of 300, which left them in 11th place in the 18 team field. The host Eagles from Bridgewater scorched the course as they totaled a four-under-par 284 as a team. They hold a four shot edge over Virginia Wesleyan. Ferrum and Averett are tied at 292, eight strokes back of Bridgewater. Roanoke and Maryville are tied for fifth at 293. York is three strokes out of tenth and just seven strokes out of the top five in the tightly bunched field.

Senior Ryan Wolbach (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) led the Green and White with an even-par 72 as he is tied for 12th in the tournament. He is eight strokes back of Virginia Wesleyan's Evan Cox, who carded a tournament single-round record of 64.

Wolbach began his round with a bogey on the first but got that right back with a three on the par-four second hole. A bogey at three put him back at one over before a four on the par-five fifth left Wolbach at even. The Spartan standout recorded a birdie on the par five ninth to leave him with a one-under 35 on the front. Wolbach then strung together eight straight pars before stumbling with a bogey on the par four 18th to finish with his 72.

Fellow senior Tyler Keim (Limerick, Pa./Spring-Ford) finished one stroke back of Wolbach as he shot a one-over-par 73. Keim had a roller coaster first nine holes as he had three birdies, two bogeys, and four pars en route to his one-under par 35. On the back, Keim notched a par on ten followed by a bogey, a birdie and two bogeys before paring out to shot a back-side 38.

Sophomore Brandon Hur (Monroe Township, N.J./Monroe Township) was the next Spartan finisher as he shot a four-over-par 76 as he is in a large group of players who are tied for 41st.  Hur shot matching 38's for his 18 hole score.

Freshman Tyler Newton (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) made his collegiate debut with a seven-over-par 79. Newton shot 37 on the front and 42 on the back as he was York's fourth scorer in the tournament.  Junior Alex Colton (Bangor, Pa./Bangor) was York's fifth player and he was one stroke back of Newton as he carded an 80.

The tournament continues on Sunday morning, as the teams will head back out on the course at 8:30 am in Harrisonburg.