Golfers finish last at ODU

The GW golf team struggled mightily at the Old Dominion University/Seascape Collegiate Tournament over the weekend, finishing last in the 16-team field with a combined team score of 632.

Sophomore Andrew Gallo led GW with a two-over-par 146 in the 36-hole tournament at Seascape Golf Course. Virginia Commonwealth University took home first place with an overall score of 574.

Rain and strong winds prevailed throughout the tournament, causing balls to fly all over the course and giving players little control over many of their shots. These conditions followed practice rounds throughout the week that were sunny and calm for the Colonials.

Because of this change in weather, GW head coach Scott Allen said, “It was almost like we didn’t get a practice round.” However, Allen also said the weather was no excuse because every team had the same disadvantage.

Another factor contributing to the Colonials’ last-place performance was a lack of experience at this golf course. Out of the five players Allen took to the tournament, Gallo was the only player who had previously played at Seascape, and he finished as the team’s low shooter in last year’s tournament.

This year, Gallo finished in 16th place individually as the top Colonial. He was followed by freshman Jack Tyler, who tied for 50th place with a 153, and junior transfer Brandon Muir, who tied for 70th with a 160. Sophomores Dan Mirabella and Federico Guzman rounded out GW’s lineup with scores of 167 and 168, respectively.

Despite ending the season poorly, Allen said he still feels the fall was successful. At the end of September, GW won the Rehoboth Beach Fall Invitational, and the Colonials also had two other top-five finishes. With these results, Allen said the team should finish somewhere between eighth and 10th in the region. Since the past two tournaments did not include many regional teams, the Colonials’ poor performances should not significantly affect their chances of getting into the NCAA Tournament in the spring.

“We’re disappointed with our last two tournaments, but that doesn’t take away from the rest of our season,” Allen said. “We’re very deep, and we can come out and play well in the spring.”

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