Preview: Golf hopes to defend title at NKU Fall Collegiate Classic

Jonathan Hanna, Sports Assistant Editor

Union, KY.– After a 13th place finish at last week’s Crusader Collegiate, the Robert Morris golf team hopes for a repeat performance of last year’s NKU Fall Collegiate Classic, where they finished in first place.

For this tournament on Monday and Tuesday, the Colonials will travel to a new course for the NKU Classic; Lassing Pointe Golf Course in Union, Kentucky. Last year, the tournament was held at the Elks Run Golf Club in Batavia, Ohio, which sits 26 miles outside of Cincinnati.

As for Lassing Pointe, the course is a 6724-yard, par-71 course that opened in 1994. Holes to watch out for are the 162-yard, par-3 fifth that water can come into play for those who hit it long; the 187-yard, par-3 14th which requires a shot over the water; and the 441-yard, par-4 18th, where a long, but narrow green entices players to hit it out of bounds, which surrounds the hole on three sides.

At last week’s Crusader Collegiate, the highlight for Robert Morris was a hole-in-one by freshman Cole Chase on the par-three, 166-yard fourth hole at Sand Creek Country Club. As a team, Robert Morris finished tied with the Phoenix of Green Bay for 13th place at 46-over par. Leading the Colonials was Max Palmer, who finished tied for 49th at +11.

Winning the tournament was the Wright State University Raiders, who shot an 11-under 853. Individually, Van Holmgren, a junior on the North Dakota State Bison team won the tournament shooting -6 over the three-round tournament.

Hosting the tournament this week are the Northern Kentucky University Norse; while other teams competing this week are the Morehead State Eagles, the Longwood Lancers, the DePaul Blue Demons, the Green Bay Phoenix, the St. Francis Red Flash, the Detroit Mercy Titans, the Evansville Purple Aces, the Thomas More Saints; with the Chicago State Cougars rounding out the tournament teams. The West Virginia Mountaineers will be represented by individuals.