The Georgia Military College Men's Golf team traveled to Athens, Alabama over the weekend to compete in the Redhawk Invitational, hosted by Martin Methodist University. The Bulldogs finished 4th out of 8 competing teams with a strong Day 2 finish by posting a 296. The Canebrake Golf Course proved to be a stern test for the team as it played at 7,000 yards and sustained winds of 20 mph both days. Six of the other seven teams were four year NAIA programs with the only other JUCO program competing being Calhoun Community College. Calhoun ended up winning the tournament by posting a two day total of 588 with round one being a 297 and shooting a tournament low round of 291 on day two.
GMC got off to a tough start on day one by posting a 314 on the challenging golf course. The team was led by FR, Dusty Watts who on day one posted a 3 over, 75. Sophomore, Luke Ninneman posted a 78 followed by SO, Trey May who posted a score of 80 on the challenging track. The Bulldogs did something on day two that they haven't done all year to this point by shooting a season low, 296 as a team. The strong day two play was led by Freshmen, Joseph Pittman who posted a 72, followed by Dusty Watts who posted a 73. Following behind those two scores where Sophomores Luke Ninneman with a 75 and Trey May with a 76 to round out the team scoring. "I am real proud of the guys and the competitive effort they gave this weekend, especially on day two. They were all disappointed in their results after the first day and could have easily gone through the motions on day two. Going into the second day they determined to post a better round and to do something they hadn't done yet this year, which was to go lower in the second round than in the first round in any tournament. Not only did they do that but they posted the low round of the year for the team as well as the 2nd lowest round of the day. We love the competitive spirit these guys have and am excited about the remainder of the year. They continue to improve and we feel like we are building towards the larger goal of a National Championship", stated Head Men's Coach Sean Gillespie.
The Bulldogs are scheduled for several more competitions this fall. On Saturday, October 27th they will compete in a one day match play event against Oxford Emory University at Ashton Hills in Covington, GA. Immediately after that event the team will head to Gulfport, MS for a large competitive NJCAA tournament hosted by defending NJCAA Division I National Champions, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Monday, October 29th and 30th. The fall season of competition will be completed on Sunday, November 4th when the Bulldogs will travel to ABAC for a one day match play event pitting all 9 team members of the GMC team against the defending GCAA Conference Champions.