QU men’s golf team competes in the Wildcat Fall Classic

Rilee West tuning up his game after the Wildcat Fall Classic.

The men’s golf team stayed in Quincy for the Wildcat Fall Classic hosted by Culver Stockton University. 

The tournament was held at Spring Lake Country Club on October 16th and 17th. There were six teams competing rounding out the field to 36 golfers. 

Freshman Micheal Martelli competed in his first ever college tournament. 

“It was awesome, I had a lot of fun playing this week. It was a great learning experience for me and I hope I can learn from it. I’m happy to get my first one under my belt and hope that there is more to come,” Martelli said. 

The first day he shot 83 posting an 11-over par round for the Hawks. The second day he rallied to improve by 7 shooting a 76, 4-over par. His two day total was a respectable 159.  

“It really helps when you have two of your players that get top five in the tournament. We had a younger kid win the tournament which is really good for the program. It’s good to see him competing,” David Hutson said. 

Griffin Taylor led the Hawks to their first place finish. He also won the tournament individually taking home two first place finishes. 

Taylor shot an opening round 1-under par, 71, and followed it up with 1-over, 73, the second day. Taylor’s two day total added up to even par. He won the tournament by five shots. 

“The tournament went really well. I ended up placing first and so did the team. I think my iron game and my short game were good. It helped me build momentum and that’s really what led me to win in the tournament,” Taylor said.

Rilee West’s splits were 76-73-149. His final round helped boost him into second place securing the victory for the Hawks. 

Griffin Taylor practices his putting after his win.

“Rilee West played pretty solid both days which helped us. We also had two other solid scores that helped us get a good enough score to win the tournament,” Hutson said.

QU shot an opening round score of 310 that adds up to 22-over par. This helped the Hawks gain a comfortable seven stroke lead over Culver Stockton.

The second day was even better for QU. They came back and shot a team score 12-over par adding up to a 300. 

To wrap up the season the Hawks will travel to play in Kentucky at the Kentucky Wesleyan Invitational.

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