Women's golf returned home on Monday to host The Brickyard Collegiate golf tournament and placed third overall out of 14 teams. Meanwhile, Men's golf placed 9th and 12th out of 15 colleges in the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational on April 2 and 3.
Though the second day of The Brickyard Collegiate was canceled due to a tornado watch, the Bears came to play for the first day of the tournament. The 14 teams in attendance played 36 holes with 18 per round.
Mercer's main roster consisted of five players: Eujin Pyon , Mikayla Dubnik, Kate Song, Laila Hrindova and Tracy Rodriguez. Bears player Carol Pyon also played as an individual, scoring 76 points in both rounds for a total of 152. She finished tied for 35th overall but was sixth among individual players.
The first round saw Mercer place fourth with 297 points while the second had them score 296 points for third place. The Bears combined score placed them at third overall. Pyon and Hrindova tied with 73 points to lead the Bears in the first round. Song was just behind them at 75 while Dubnik and Rodriguez were fourth and fifth with 76 and 78 respectively.
Even with their strong scores, the Bears fell behind the University of Central Florida, Memphis and Kennesaw State in the first round who scored 296, 295 and 292 each. The second round had KSU regress to 302 and Memphis regress to 297. UCF, however, improved to 280 points. The Bears saw Dubnik, Rodriguez and Song improve their individual scores to 72, 76 and 74. However, Pyon and Hrindova regressed to 74 and 79 points.
Thanks to their strong second round KSU led the pack with a final score of 576. Memphis earned second place with 592 points and Mercer fell just behind them at 593.
The men were fortunate enough to play both days in the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational, but couldn't crack the top eight for either day.
The Bears fielded Tobias Jonsson, Ethan Werblo, Martin Plukka, Jonathan Parker and Jay Spivey. Jonsson led the team with 214 points followed by 220 from Werblo, 224 from Plukka, 233 from Parker and 235 from Spivey. With a combined score of 885, the Bears placed 12th for the entire invitational.
The University of Texas led the pack with 814 total points while maintaining first place throughout the entire competition. Oklahoma State placed behind them with 814 points.
The men return to action on April 11 and 12 in the Wofford Invitational while the woman will prepare for the Southern Conference Championship on April 17 to 19.
Keith Holmes Jr. ‘22 is a journalism and creative writing double major who has worked with The Cluster as general staff since his Sophomore year. Keith has received Best in SNO awards for his sports articles along with years of work at Mercer’s ESPN3 branch. Keith spends his free time playing video games and writing fiction around campus.