Rain dampens end of fall golf season

The GW golf team’s season had been getting brighter by the week but ended with heavy rain Tuesday, as the second and final round of the Old Dominion/Seascape Collegiate Tournament was canceled, leaving GW with a 12th place finish in its last tournament of the fall season.

After the Colonials shot a 309 in first-round action Monday, the Kitty Hawk, N.C. weather greeted them with strong winds and constant rain, ultimately canceling play Tuesday.

The Colonials played through it at first and did well, as they usually do in poor conditions. Freshman Brian Carroll was about to finish the team’s final round Tuesday when Seascape Golf Links officials stopped the tournament because flooded greens made putting impossible. Because other teams also did not finish, all second round scores were discounted, and Monday’s scores stood as final results.

Freshmen Andrew Gallo and Lee Hodder had already finished Tuesday with scores of 75 and 74, respectively. Seniors Mike Ball and Brad Freidlander came in with scores of 77 and 81, respectively. Carroll would have likely finished with a 78 or 79, and because the top four scores are counted, GW would have shot 304 or 305 for the day. That would have been the best score of any team who had already finished, but it ended up not counting at all.

GW head coach Scott Allen said while he was frustrated by the decision, he thought it was the correct one. During the last few holes GW played, Allen said golfers had to scoop water out of the cups or else balls would have floated right over and past them. By the time Carroll was finishing, the greens had become unplayable, Allen said.

Several teams above GW after Monday’s round played poorly Tuesday and the team was excited about its chance to move up in the tournament standings.

“We worked hard in the rain, and we fought hard,” Allen said. “In the van ride home you could tell we were all disappointed because we had played so well (Tuesday) and we thought we’d catch four or five teams at least.”

Instead, GW finished one shot behind Drake University, two shots behind American and six and seven shots behind University of North Carolina- Greensboro and Towson University, respectively.

Campbell University won the tournament with a 291 total, finishing two shots ahead of Charleston Southern University.

Gallo and Carroll both shot 74 Monday, which was good enough to tie the two for 15th individually. The two freshmen both took first place at tournaments earlier this season.

The team was also victorious at Lehigh, marking GW’s first team title since 1999, and Allen said he hopes his team can carry that victory and their strong play Tuesday into the spring season. With Gallo and Carroll playing so well, experienced leaders in Ball, Freidlander and junior Charles Taylor, Allen said he is excited to see what his team can do at the Atlantic 10 Tournament in May.

The spring season starts March 17 at the New Orleans Collegiate Classic.

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