Hole-in-one for Mules

The Colby Mules kicked off the golf season with an impressive start this weekend: two consecutive wins and a hole-in-one.

On Saturday, the golf team played at the Colby Invitational in a five-man scramble format (the best out of the five shots is selected, with each player on a team shooting from that spot).

The Colby White Team, consisting of Billy Pettengill '11, Harry Smith '12, Thomas Lampert '12, Tripp Hubert '13, and Taggert Martin '13, won with a score of 14 under par.

They were followed closely by the Colby Blue Team-Nathan Ellis '14, Pete Gabranski '13, Sanjay Bahl '12, Sam Kim '14, and Alex Hymanson '12- who took second place with a 13 under par.

The University of Maine at Farmington finished third (11 under par), Maine Maritime Academy fourth (seven under par) and the University of Maine at Presque Isle fifth (four under par).

Day Two, the Colby Classic, featured six holes of Best Ball (each player plays his own ball, lowest score counts), six holes of Scramble, and six holes of Alternate Shot (two players alternately hitting one ball) to get a total team score.

With the addition of Hymanson, the White Team won with the low score of 223. UMF was four strokes behind in second place, and St. Joseph's was third with a 228.

The Colby Blue Team, including Steve Carroll '14 and Peter Jones '13, finished fourth with a team score of 238.

The Colby Classic was an exciting match for Carroll, who started off his college golf career with a hole-in-one (an ace)on the 228 yard, downhill par-three thirteenth hole.

Carroll would later state that "an ace is the kind of thing that makes you remember why you put up with the frustration of the game."

Coach Jim Tortorella has high hopes for his team. "Golf is a tough sport because the season starts quickly, and it ends quickly," he said. "You never know how the summer went. But these boys all came back ready for the season with a high level of competitiveness."

The Mules will compete in the Maine State Tournament on September 24 (location TBD) and the Sid Farr Invitational on September 26 at home at noon.

Colby fans are welcome to come and cheer the golf team to its next victory.