LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant men's golf team saw a head coaching change before the season and the Scots responded with a solid 2016-17 campaign. Under the direction of Tom Schreiner, who was named head coach during the summer of 2016, Covenant competed in 10 tournaments and qualified for the USA South Tournament.
Schreiner was no stranger to Covenant golf as he had served as the head coach of the program for five years before taking over again before this season. With Schreiner's guidance, the Scots posted three top-five finishes on the year and ranked 149th in the final GolfStat poll, the best ranking in the past four years.
The season started with a fifth place finish at the Piedmont Fall Invitational where sophomore Marshall Kent placed second overall. It was the second straight year that Kent had earned All-Tournament honors at the event as he posted a two-day score of 147 (70-77). Later in the fall, the Scots would place 11th in the 18-team Ted Keller Memorial and third at the Pinnacle Trust Invitational.
In the spring portion of the year, Schreiner brought back the Reeder Cup for the first time since 2012. The event, hosted by Covenant at the Lookout Mountain Golf Club, drew nationally-ranked Sewanee along with Bob Jones and Bryan. Freshman Nathan Hawkins placed second in the tournament, just two strokes off medalist Tommy Oliver of Sewanee.
Covenant would compete in the highly-competitive Callaway Gardens Intercollegiate and Wynlakes Intercollegiate in March against some of the top teams in the nation. The Scots shot a season-best 309 in the final round of the Wynlakes and saw their GolfStat ranking soar into the top nine of the USA South, a qualifying mark for the conference tournament.
The Scots would qualify for the USA South Tournament for the first time since 2014 after edging Averett for the final spot. At the tournament in LaGrange, Ga., Covenant was led by Hawkins who placed 13th overall with a 54-hole score of 224 (79-74-71).
Hawkins ended up leading the team in scoring average at 79.20 and shot a 75 or better in four of the last six rounds of the season. Kent was second on the team in average at 80.42, while sophomore Josh Wall came on late in the year to produce an 82.56. Senior Alan Craig finished his career by competing in all 10 events and ends with a career average of 81.58. Freshman Will Mayfield was Covenant's representative on the USA South All-Sportsmanship team.
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