Golf: Men, women end CAAs in fifth

__Paladino paces men’s team with fifth-place individual finish; Oldenkamp leads women__

p. The men’s and women’s golf teams traveled to Hot Springs, Va. over the weekend to compete in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships held at The Homestead Resort. Both the men and women, playing the Cascades and Old Courses, respectively, finished in fifth place.

p. Sophomore Brent Paladino led the way for the men, finishing in fifth place individually after improving each day, firing rounds of 75, 72 and 69. Paladino’s performance earned him All-CAA Tournament honors. The Tribe finished the first round in sixth place, but on day two shot an impressive team total of 291, nine strokes better than their first-round score, to vault into a tie for fourth heading into the final round. Sunday was not as kind to the College, as a final round team total of 295 dropped them from fourth to fifth.

p. At the CAA awards banquet following the first round, sophomore Doug Hurson was awarded Second-Team All-CAA honors for his play this season. Hurson responded the next day by shooting a one-under par 69, six strokes better than his first round score of 75. Hurson closed the tournament with a final-round 73 and finished in a tie for sixth.

p. Senior Ryan Price finished in 30th place after a final-round 77, while junior Jimmy Femino carded a three-round total of 229 to place 33rd. Senior captain Matt Brantingham rounded out the College’s scoring in a tie for 42nd.

p. The men close out their season this weekend in Charlottesville at the Cavalier Classic.

p. Junior Erika Oldenkamp entered the final day of the women’s championships tied for fourth place individually, following rounds of 77 and 75 to open. Oldenkamp struggled, however, shooting a disappointing 85 in the final round to drop into a tie for 14th. Despite Oldenkamp’s final-round fall, the Tribe shot a Sunday score of 323, securing a fifth place finish.

p. Freshman Morgan Stepanek shot an opening-round 77 en route to an 18th-place finish in her first CAA Championship, while senior captain Melissa DePuy rebounded from a disappointing 84, shooting back-to-back 79s over the weekend and finishing tied for 21st place. Junior Marissa Sprick’s three-round total of 245 earned her a tie for 25th place, marking the second straight year Sprick has finished in the top 25 at the CAA championships. Freshman Brielle Paolini’s CAA debut was not as sweet as Stepanek’s, as Paolini finished in a tie for 40th after firing a three-day total of 254.

p. The women closed the season strong, recording their first top-five finish in a tournament this year. They will now wait to hear if the Tribe receives a bid from the NCAA to play a regional qualifier, May 10-12, with hopes of advancing to the NCAA Championships.


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