LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The 2013-14 edition of the Covenant men's golf team had one of its most successful seasons in the program's history this season.
Playing without a head coach for a portion of the fall season, the Scots earned their first two-day tournament victory and would go on to compete at the NCCAA Championships as a team for the second time in school history. In the spring season, Covenant won a one-day event and had a solid showing at the USA South Championships to end the year.
At the Piedmont Fall Invitational in September, the Scots earned the program's first two-day tournament title and Van Nice became the third player in school history to win a tournament. The Scots shot a 625 for the event, 20 strokes better than second place Piedmont. Van Nice finished with a two-day score of 151, besting Zeier Fleming of Bob Jones by four shots.
Covenant had a solid showing at the highly-competitive Chick-fil-A Invitational by placing in a tie for 18th with a tournament team score of 624. The Scots shot their lowest team score of the year with a 619 at the Maryville College Invitational in mid-October. Covenant placed second in that event.
The 18th-place finish at the Chick-fil-A Invitational, along with the win at the Piedmont Fall Invitational, placed the team in a great position to receive a berth to the NCCAA Championships. Covenant was invited to the NCCAA Championships for just the second time in program history. At the tournament, the Scots had a rough two days and would miss the cut for the final round.
The spring season saw a lighter schedule as the men played in three tournaments and a one-day event. Covenant opened the spring with a fifth place finish at the Reinhardt Spring Invitational, led by Van Nice's 17th-place finish. The Scots then won a one-day event at Bryan College with a 319, while Lewis and Scott McKnight each carded 79s.
Covenant placed sixth out of 10 at the annual Wynlakes Intercollegiate that featured a number of USA South schools. Lewis shot a 73 in the first round and finished in a tie for 18th in the event.
The Scots slowly moved up the GolfStat rankings to 86th in the April 2 report. The ranking put the team within the top nine of the USA South and earned the Scots a spot in the USA South Tournament.
Although Covenant could not complete the USA South Tournament due to the event finishing on a Sunday, the Scots still played the first two rounds. The men were eighth after two rounds, but Lewis scored back-to-back 75s to be in third place after Saturday's round. Lewis made two eagles in his second round performance.
Newcomers Nate Haney and Alan Craig provided depth for the Scots in their first year. Craig had a low round score of 75 at the Maryville College Invitational, while Haney's best of 76 came in the first round of the Chick-fil-A Invitational. Junior Nick Blauw played in five tournaments.
USA South All-Sportsmanship
Highest Ranking (GolfStat)
86th - April 2