By Max De Leeuw – Collegiate Staff
Despite some weather complications, the Grand Rapids Community College golf team took first at the two-day Taylor University Invitational Monday and Tuesday, beating out the rest of the five-team field.
The golfers were scheduled to play 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday, but after making it through the first 18, the rest of the Monday’s play was cancelled due to bad weather. The invite resumed with the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
The Raiders shot a 305 Monday, eight strokes more than Bethel College. On Tuesday, GRCC shaved five strokes off their scorecard while Bethel added 13, ending the invite with scores of 605 and 607 respectively.
“We knew we had to come out and play well today and we did it,” Head Coach Bruce VandenBeldt said.
Raider sophomores Drew Pennington and Zach Bialik tied for second place overall, shooting six-over-par. Bethel College’s Brian Ulrich earned medalist honors at +5.
GRCC is scheduled to tee off next at 9 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Kohler Collegiate Classic in Kohler, Wisconsin. The tournament will take place at the Whistling Straights Golf Course where the 2015 PGA National Championship is also scheduled to occur.
“It’s a really, really tough test of golf,” said VandenBeldt. “So it should be fun.”