LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- A conference tournament individual qualifier and a hole-in-one were two of the top moments for the Covenant men's golf program in the 2017-18 season. Under head coach Tom Schreiner, the Scots added one team runner-up finish on the year and competed in an event in California.
Sophomore Nathan Hawkins led the way for the Scots once again. Hawkins qualified as an individual for the USA South Tournament and ended up in a tie for 26th in the tournament, which featured some of the top teams in the country including eventual national champion Methodist. Hawkins led the team in scoring average 77.61, the lowest scoring average the program has seen since the 2012-13 season.
Covenant's top overall finish came in the finale of the fall season when the Scots placed second at the Eagle Invitational. The Scots had three players finish in the top 10 in that event, led by Hawkins' fifth-place finish. Marshall Kent finished seventh and Josh Wall was eighth.
The spring season started with a trip to the Coastal Georgia Winter Invitational in St. Simons Island, Ga., in early February before the Scots headed west.
Covenant competed in The Master's University Spring Invite in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Feb. 26-27. The Scots played against some of the top Division III teams on the west coast in the tournament, while the event also had several individual players from Division I programs UCLA, Michigan, and Cal Poly. Hawkins would finish in a tie for 18th in the tournament with an individual player from UCLA.
Covenant rounded out the spring season with appearances in the Callaway Gardens Intercollegiate and in the Wynlakes Invitational during the month of March. It was at the Wynlakes Invitational where Kent became of the first Covenant player to make a hole-in-one during a competitive round.
The first round of the Wynlakes Intercollegiate on March 26 was a memorable one for Marshall Kent. The junior became the first Covenant golfer to make a hole-in-one as he aced the par 3, 11th hole during the round.
HOLE IN ONE! Marshall Kent becomes first Covenant golfer to record a hole-in-one. Kent holed out the par 3, 11th in today's Wynlakes Intercollegiate first round. #WeAreTheScots pic.twitter.com/g5xwgwEw4I— Covenant Athletics (@CovenantScots) March 26, 2018
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