Crete, Ill. – Ending the program's first season of competition in a big way, the Saint Xavier University men's golf team finished third overall out of the 11 teams competing at the 2013 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Golf Championship earlier this week at the Balmoral Woods Country Club in Crete, Ill. In addition, SXU had three of its golfers named to the 2013 All-CCAC Men's Golf Teams with junior Kirby Brown (West Des Moines, Iowa/Kirkwood CC/Valley) earning first-team recognition and juniors James Kerr (Solihull, England/Western Texas/Arch Bishop Ilsley) and Brendan Ryan (Alsip, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Shepard) claiming second team honors. The Cougars shot a combined team score of 609 over the two-day event (301, 308) just five strokes behind conference champion, University of St. Francis (Ill.). Brown finished second overall in the field of 54 golfers shooting an impressive two-day score of 148 (71, 77).
"Back only three shots entering the final round, the team was optimistic that they could make up ground in the final round and did so through the front nine, but late rallies by St. Francis and Holy Cross left us with a third-place finish," said Saint Xavier University men's golf coach Mike Mandakas. "The guys were disappointed with the result, but should be very proud in their accomplishments as a first-year program. We had more tournament wins and top-three finishes than any team in our conference, so that's something to build off during the offseason and in preparing for next year.
"I am very proud of the constant effort as all five of these young men worked very hard throughout the year and each one of them improved and have even greater days of golf ahead of them," continued Mandakas. "I couldn't have asked for a better team to start this program with and I know there will be much more success as we build for the future."
Kerr finished the tournament in a tie for seventh place overall with Ryan. The pair both shot a combined score of 158 with Kerr scoring a 74 on day one and a 78 on day two. Ryan shot a 75 on Monday and a 77 to close out Tuesday's competition. Sophomore Kyle Bahnick (Inverness, England/Carthage College/Palatine-Fremd) tied for 19th place overall with a two-day total of 159 (81, 78), while freshman Zack Trent (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) rounded out SXU's finishers in 24th place with a 162 (86, 76).