By Kevin Glasson
South Kent, CT- The Temple Men’s Golf team started off their fall season with a good showing at the Hartford Hawk Invitational.
The tournament began on Monday when junior Brandon Matthews shot two-under 142 during the first two rounds of play. Matthews found himself placed in the third position going into the final round on Tuesday.
Pat Ross, a senior who transferred to Temple from Hartford, was under Matthews in the standings tied for 14th after finishing the first two rounds with a score of five-over 149.
Freshman Evan Thornton found himself right behind Ross after the first two rounds carding a six-over 150.
Senior Matthew Teesdale, who spent part of his summer participating in the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship in Georgia, had a lackluster first two rounds at the Hartford Hawk Invitational.
Teesdale finished tied for 43rd with a total score of 154. Senior Alec Kissell rounded out the leaderboard for the Owls with an overall score of 161 placing him tied for 81st after the first two rounds.
Temple as a team shot a 595 for the first two rounds, which would be 14 strokes behind, host Hartford.
On Tuesday, Matthews would shoot a final round 74 to finish with a score of 216 placing in fourth place.
Ross would hop up six spots in the leaderboard after his final round score of 72, par for the course, finishing with a total of 221.
Matt Teesdale would string together a better final round as he would shoot two-under 72 and jump up the leader boards 23 spots to finish tied for 20th with his overall score of 224.
Evan Thornton’s rough score of 83 in the final round would cost him in the leaderboard as he dropped 32 spots to finish with an overall score of 233 to finish tied for 53rd, while Kissell finished tied for 79th with a score of 240.
As a team the Owls finished in fourth place (+25) behind Connecticut (+18), UCF (+12), and host Hartford (+10)
Next up for the Men’s Golf team is The Quechee Club Invitational in Quechee, VT.