LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- It was a record-setting season for the Covenant men's golf team in 2018-19. Under head coach Tom Schreiner, the Scots experienced the most success the program has had in the NCAA era.
Among the many accomplishments, Covenant set a program record for highest in-season ranking at 69th nationally during the fall season. The Scots won a tournament title for the first time since 2013 and featured some of the best rounds, both individually and as a team, in program history.
The Scots qualified for the USA South Tournament for the third time since joining the league. Schreiner's team had three top-five team finishes on the year and six placements inside the top 10.
It was a season full of performances that set program records. As a team, Covenant produced the top four low-round scores in program history, including the top three scores relative to par. At the Rhodes Spring Classic in mid-April, the Scots tore up the course and posted round scores of 293, 293, and 294 at the par-72 course. Each of those three round scores broke previous program records. The 54-hole score of 880 (+16) smashed the program's previous best three-round score by 71 strokes.
On par-70 courses during the year, Covenant shot a 295 in the second round of the Maryville Invitational and a 297 in the Reeder Cup during the fall season.
Speaking of the Reeder Cup, Covenant hosted the tournament in the fall and claimed the team title. The Scots shot a 597 in the event, the second-best 36-hole tournament score in program history, and defeated USA South foe Piedmont in the process, and Nathan Hawkins and Marshall Kent tied for first.
Hawkins pulled together one of the best seasons for a Scot in the NCAA era of the program. The junior shot a 69 in the opening round of the Reeder Cup and then tied a program record with a 68 in the final round of the Maryville Invitational. Hawkins ended the year with a 75.59 scoring average, the third best single-season mark for the program all-time, and led the Scots with four rounds at or below par.
Hawkins and senior Josh Wall both nearly had program record-breaking tournament scores at the Rhodes Spring Classic. Both Hawkins and Wall posted a 216 in the 54-hole tournament, just one stroke off Trey Patterson's record of 215. Hawkins now owns four of the top 10 54-hole tournament scores all-time.
2018-19 saw the collegiate careers of Kent and Wall come to an end. Both players ended their careers with their best seasons.
Kent finished with his best season scoring average at 77.55, while he tied his career low round score of 70 and posted three rounds at or below par. The senior had his top finish with a tie for first at the Reeder Cup and began the season by placing second at the Piedmont Fall Invitational.
Wall also had a career season, as he was second on the team in scoring average at 77.30. Wall shot a 216 in the 54-hole Rhodes Spring Classic, which included back-to-back career-low rounds with a 72 and a 71.
- Freshman Will DeMersseman burst on to the scene in his rookie campaign. DeMersseman was named USA South Rookie of the Week on Oct. 17, the first Covenant player to ever win a USA South weekly honor, after posting a 151 (78-73) in the Reeder Cup.
- Covenant had a busy schedule as the Scots played in 20 rounds for the season. Hawkins played in all 20, which tied his career-high and tied for the most played by a single player in program history.
- Kent finished his career with seven top 10 finishes, fourth-most in program history. Hawkins is next on that list with six top-10 placements.
USA South Rookie of the Week
Will DeMersseman - Oct. 17
USA South All-Sportsmanship
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