ADA, Mich. – Following up a record-setting first round proved to be a difficult task for the Taylor men's golf team on Tuesday as the Trojans carded a final round 305 to slip into a tie for second at the Egypt Valley Intercollegiate.
Taylor entered the final round with a six shot lead over Madonna after the Trojans fired a blistering round of two under par 286 on Monday but TU couldn't find the same rhythm on Tuesday as the bogeys outweighed the birdies on the challenging 6,865-yard, par-72 layout at Egypt Valley Country Club.
Junior Nick Waskom led the way for the Trojans on Tuesday with a final round 73 followed by 77's from juniors Trey Turner and Mitch Lamping and a 78 from sophomore Alec Dutkowski. Senior Ian Rinken, who entered the final round with a two-shot lead after an opening round 67 slipped to a tie for fifth place with a 79.
Madonna took advantage of the opportunity, securing the tournament title with a final round team score of 291 to edge the Trojans by eight shots. The Crusaders finished with a two round total of 583 (292-291) followed by Taylor (286-305) and Lawrence Tech (296-295) at 591.
The Taylor "B" team turned in a strong performance on Tuesday with a team score of 299. Sophomore Jeremy Ray holed out from 125 yards on the par-4 ninth hole en route to a final round 70. Freshman Nate Morris added an eagle on the par-4 14th with a make from 138 yards en route to a career best round of 75 while seniors Jordan Hall and Nathan Edwards finished with a pair of 77's and freshman Scottie Marston carded an 82.
Rinken was the top finisher for TU with a two-round total of 146 (67-79) followed by Turner in a tie for 11th at 148 (71-77). Edwards (72-77) and Waskom (76-73) tied for 13th at 149 while Lamping also finished inside the top 20 with a tie for 17th at 150 (73-77).
Lawrence Tech's Josh Dirlam claimed individual medalist honors at 5-under par 139 followed by Madonna Justin Pahl at 140.
The Trojans will wrap up the fall season on October 17-18 at the Kohler Classic played at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.