May 20, 2019

Hampden-Sydney College's nationally ranked golf team finished 12th at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships.

H-SC Tiger Allen Smith swings a golf club.The four-day tournament was located in the Bluegrass of Nicholasville, Kentucky at the Keene Trace Golf Club's Champion Trace course, a par 72, 7,190-yard layout. The Tigers tied for ninth in birdies (46) and 16th in pars (192). Illinois Wesleyan took the national championship title.

H-SC was led by Allen Smith ‘21, with a four-day score of 73-80-81-72—306, tying 49th among the 96 golfers who played among the top 18 teams in the country. Smith was followed by Bruce Shober ‘20 (71-80-80-78—309, T-61st) and Adam Hade ‘20 (77-78-75-79—309, T-61st), along with freshmen Hunter Martin (76-85-79-72—312, T-68th) and John Hatcher Ferguson (79-77-75-83—314, T-72nd). Shober tied for eighth in par 5 scoring, while Smith and Shober tied for 13th in birdies.

Hampden-Sydney posted its lowest 72-hole score (1,222) in five overall appearances in the national championships. The previous low score for the golf program was 1,236, accomplished back in 1976 when the Tigers finished sixth overall. The 12th-place finish this year is the program’s third-best, including a national runner-up effort in 1975.

Under the guidance of second-year head coach and Director of Athletics Chad Eisele, Hampden-Sydney could return as many as 11 lettermen for 2019-20, including all five Tigers who competed at the National Championships.

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