The golf team started its first season in nearly 15 years without head coach Scott Allen with a win at the Navy Fall Invitational Friday and Saturday. Senior co-captain Lewis Sturdy shot a career-low 68 Friday and a second-round 70 the following day to win the individual competition by one stroke. Junior Cole Turner shot a combined 142, good for a tie for fourth place among 90 competitors. The win was GW’s first since the 2006 Rehoboth Beach Invitational and a good start for recently hired head coach Terry Shaffer. Sturdy’s victory was the first individual win by a GW player since Juan Pablo Zuluga won the 2006 McDaniel College Invitational.
Next for the Colonials is the Rehoboth Beach Invitational, starting Monday.
Men’s water polo
Redshirt senior Nick Eddy scored a hat trick to lead GW’s men’s water polo team (4-4) to a 10-8 upset over 18th-ranked Bucknell in both teams’ opener at the Princeton Invitational Saturday. The Colonials could not maintain the level of play throughout the weekend, losing 18-4 to ninth-ranked UC-San Diego later that day and falling to 15th-ranked Santa Clara 14-8 Sunday morning. They finished the tournament with a 15-12 win against Iona.
The loss to UC-San Diego was the team’s worst loss since a 19-4 defeat by Princeton University in Sept. 2003.
The Colonials next play Wednesday at Navy in Annapolis, Md.