Hole-in-one for Pettengill '11
The Colby golf team was busy this weekend with three days of play in a row. The Mules spent Friday and Saturday at the Maine State Intercollegiate Golf Championships fighting for the lowest combined two-day score.
Colby finished day one in third place out of ten teams, trailing only the University of New England (UNE) and Husson. The Mules' team score of 324 included a 76 from Taggert Martin '13, which put him in third place overall, and a 77 from Tripp Huber '13, who was tied for fourth place. The rest of the team-Harry Smith '12, Thomas Lampert '12 and Billy Pettengill '11-finished with an 82, an 89 and a 98, respectively.
On day two, Huber led the Mules with a score of 73, which put him in first place overall and earned him medalist honors. Martin followed closely with a 78, good for fourth place. Smith finished with an 85, Lampert an 89 and Pettengill a 91. Colby finished the two-day tournament in third place with a total team score of 649. UNE won with the low score of 638.
Sunday, the golf team traveled to Brunswick, ME for the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) Tournament. Colby finished second overall, just two strokes behind Bowdoin, and 28 strokes ahead of Bates. Huber once again led the team with a low score of 74, taking second place after a playoff hole. Smith and Martin finished with 81 each, Peter Gabranski '13 with an 86, Lampert and Pettengill with 89 each and Nate Ellis '14 with a 91.
It was an exciting day Friday when Pettengill shot Colby's second hole-in-one of the season. Pettengill joined the Mules' golf team this year as a senior after playing varsity soccer for a season, sitting out sophomore year with a foot injury, and arriving late junior year due to an FIS Continental Cup snowboard race in Argentina. The golf season, which starts and ends quickly, doesn't give players a lot of time to measure their progress, but Pettengill says that he knows "that I can play better golf and keep improving."
Pettengill's ace was a great way to start out the season. According to him, "the golf team is a great group of guys, and we will be a force to be reckoned with in two weeks for the [New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament]."