FLORENCE, Ind. – Thanks to a strong showing on day two, the Franklin College men's golf team claimed both team and individual titles at this weekend's Battle at Belterra, co-hosted by the Grizzlies and Hanover College.
Down by eight shots after day one, the Grizzlies' top team fought through the rain to jump four teams and win the inaugural event with a team score of 607 (309-298), besting Hanover by four shots and win their first event of the 2018-19 calendar. Franklin's 'B' team also had an eventful weekend, finishing third out of the eight five-man units with a score of 613 (306-307).
Junior Jackson Williams went low to earn his fourth career medalist honor. The Greenwood, Ind.-native was the only player on Sunday to finish under par, dropping three shots off his day one score to move into sole possession of first place with a 145 (74-71). Joining Williams in the top-10 on the championship-winning team was senior Jacob Hash, who earned a share of ninth place with a 153 (78-75).
Freshman Alan Showalter shaved three shots off his score on day two to place 13th overall with a 155 (79-76). Junior Aubrey Seaman made the most improvement from day one to day two, improving by four shots on day two to tie for 14th with a 156 (80-76). Sophomore RJ Turner rounded out the top-five with a 159 (78-81), placing him in a share of 23rd overall.
Brock Tennyson topped the Grizzlies' second unit, recording a career-best third place finish with a 147 (75-72), finishing just two shots behind Williams for first overall. Freshman Matt Krause recorded his first career top-10 finish, earning a share of seventh overall with a 152 (78-74). One shot behind him in a tie for ninth place was sophomore Evan Graham, who went 74-79 for a 153.
The Grizzlies look to keep the momentum going in one week, when they head to French Lick, Ind. for the 14-team Indiana Small College Championships, held at French Lick Resort on Apr. 13-14.