Pirates Golf took 2nd in an 8-team field on Monday at the John McNaughton Memorial. The event was held at the Jacksonville Country Club in Jacksonville, IL. In the one round, par 72 event the Pirates posted the following individual scores.
NCMC Pirates Team Score: 306
2nd Place: Van Barr 73
T6th Place: Scott Swayne: 76
T15th Place: Cody Glenn 78
T18th Place: Lathan Croy 79
T22nd Place: James Gardner 80
Playing individually in the event
T6th Place: Jasper van der Zon 76
T26th Place: Pirmin Kamm 81
51st Place: Colton Barnes 98
"It was good to get back out into a tournament setting. For some of these guys, they haven't seen their name posted on a scoresheet since last fall. I felt like this was the perfect setting to get some of the rust knocked off and get back into a competitive golf routine. The course played a lot like our practice facility, so there was some familiarity with the conditions," commented Coach Sager.
Improvement as the season moves forward is on the mind of Sager and the players. "We need everyone to find two or three more strokes. This week we are going to focus on making birdies. Too many times we chase a birdie with a bogie and that just isn't going to win golf tournaments."
Overall, Sager was happy with how his players placed on the leaderboard. "It was good for Van to see his name on the top end of a leaderboard. Sometimes all it takes is one round to gain a little confidence and then not look back. Scott and Jasper continue to improve, the more golf they play the better they score. Cody and Lathan will clean up some things in their games and push towards the top. Combined they get more birdie looks than any two players do in NJCAA golf. It's just a matter of time before everything comes together."