16th-ranked Clayton State men's golf to open spring season on Monday
MORROW, GA – The Clayton State men's golf team will return to the links on Monday, opening its spring season in the Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate in Orange Park, FL.
The Lakers, ranked 16th nationally by Golfstat, will play the Golf Club at Fleming Island and the event is hosted by Lincoln Memorial and Wingate.
Clayton State returns to action after solid fall campaign, where the Lakers had a trio of Top-5 team finishes out of the four tournaments for which they competed.
The squad closed the regular season, winning the UWG Matt Dyas Invitational. The team also had a third place finish in the Smokey Mountain Invitational and a fourth place finish in the TVA Credit Union Invitational.
"We want to continue and build on the good play we had in the fall," said head second-year coach Steve Runge. "The Peach Belt is very strong, as we are ranked 16th but Columbus State, Georgia College and Aiken are all ranked ahead of us. I believe we have the ability to finish in the upper half of the league and even win, if we play well."
From the fall tournaments, junior Alex Vetnar had the team's lowest scoring average at 74.2, which ranks ninth in the Peach Belt, followed by junior Fredrik Lindblom with a 74.6 average, which ranks in the league's Top-20.
Vetnar had two top-five finishes, placing second in the TVA Credit Union event and tied for third in the Smokey Mountain Intercollegiate. His top round of the fall came at the TVA Credit Union Invite, firing a 4-under par 68.
Lindblom fired the team's lowest round of the fall, shooting a 5-under par round in the third and final round of the TVA Credit Union tournament. Sophomores Will Shenstone and Ryan Haskell are third and fourth on the team in scoring average. They placed second and third in the UWG Matt Dyas Invitational.
After the season-opening tournament, the Lakers will return to action on February 24th in the Pirate Invitational at Savannah Quarters Golf Club in Savannah, GA. The event will be hosted by Armstrong.