Golf opens with near miss
Colby College’s golf team came away from the first tournament of the year with the low individual score of the day as well as second place team score. The team hosted the Colby Classic on their home course, Waterville Country Club.
The unique tournament format combined six holes of best ball, six holes of scramble and six of alternate shot. In best ball both members of the two-person teams play their own ball, and the lowest score is taken at the end of the hole. During the scramble each player hits their drive, the best drive is chosen, and both players hit their second shot from that location. The rest of the hole is played out with the same method. Finally, as the name implies, during alternate shots the two players take turns hitting the same golf ball.
Tripp Huber ’13 and captain Taggie Martin ’13 scored a 73 at the end of the day, putting the lowest score on the board. Craig Marshall ’15 and Pete Gabranski ’13 had a 79, and Steve Carroll ’14 and Samuel Kim ’14 scored a total of 83. Combined, the Mules finished in second place with a team score of 235, one stroke behind the University of New England. University of Maine at Presque Isle scored 237 and the University of Maine Machias finished in last place with 267. Coming so close to a victory was bittersweet for Colby. “Close losses make you review bad shots in your mind,” said Carroll. “We’re using it as motivation and looking forward to the rest of a great season.” The Mules play again on Saturday at Penobscot Country Club in the Husson Invitational.