Men’s Point Golf Finishes the First Round of the Maryville College Invitational in First Place
Published at 7:55 pm Monday, September 19, 2022
The Point men’s golf team entered eighth in the country this week and continued to impress with their strong showing in the first round of the Maryville College Invitational in Lenoir City, Tennessee, on Monday.
The Skyhawks finished first out of 13 teams and shot seven over par as a team.
They are six strokes ahead of team B at second-place Hampden-Sydney College.
Point was led by rookie Jacob Joseph, who finished 4 under. He was the only player in the entire tournament to finish the first round under par.
Point number four golfer Jan Hendrick Nieuwoudt finished second on the team withcore of 74, which is two over par.
Point coach Maddux Lytle was pleased with his team’s performance but wanted to see even more of his guys.
“To be fair, I don’t think we played our best,” Lytle said. “Our two guys, Trevor Poole and Brendan Porter, didn’t have their best runs. Both ended well. They didn’t have a great front nine, but they bounced back. This is more or less what you expect from your senior leaders.”
Porter finished 5 over par and Poole finished 6 over par. They started on the back nine, which was the most mountainous part of the course.
“All the freshmen were solid,” Lytle said. “Jacob Joseph had a really good round. Michael Thomas shot 5 over par. He settled in and kept it all together. I was very proud of how they played. I hope they go out there and shoot a lower round tomorrow.”
Joseph also had an eagle on the twelfth hole, and was one of three eagles throughout the round.
“He hit the ball really well today,” Lytle said. “The greens out there are new, so they haven’t been able to cut them. They are very slow. He started the round with a small foul for par. It was a pretty solid round. He didn’t make too many mistakes.”
The Skyhawks had the best average score of any team in par threes, par fours and par fives. They also had the most birdies and pars of any team.
Even though he dominates in every category, Lytle knows he can be even better.
“Hopefully the greens are a little faster tomorrow,” Lytle said. “Scores were lower last year because the greens were faster. We’ll have a meeting before we go to dinner. There will be many constructive comments. I don’t think we should have shot over par on this course. Let’s try to keep the ball in play. Everyone has to deal with the same conditions. We are here to win. It can always be better, but it can always be worse.”
The Skyhawks will finish the Maryville College Invitational on Tuesday as they hope to reach the top five with a win. They will start Tuesday morning with a six-stroke lead.