The men’s golf team finished in fifth place out of 12 participating teams on Oct. 2 and 3 last week at the Henderson State Fall Invitational. This year’s season has been looking up for the men and they are continuing to work on more improvements.
“It’s been a lot of fun this year,” coach Dustin Howell said. “We’ve had a wonderful start for both men and women. The men’s success has been led largely by senior Mason Banger.”
Banger has a stroke average of 74.53, which is the first in Harding’s golf program history. He’s also received the 2017 all-GAC award and tied for 11th place in their last tournament.
Junior Edward Auxlund scored his second hole-in-one within three weeks and tied for 17th place in individuals. Looking forward to regionals, Auxlund says the team will need to keep improving to be sure they will make the top 10.
“We’re doing good as of right now,” Auxlund said. “But we will need to keep playing better and working on individual improvements to be sure that we can get where we want to be.”
Senior Alan Anderson said this season is nothing like what he anticipated.
“This season has been up and down,” Anderson said. “I’m continuing to work harder and harder each day, and put the bad behind me so I can reach new goals.”
However, Anderson says that the team has improved since last year.
“We’ve played good altogether. Right now, were ranked eighth in the region which is better than last year – we were ranked 12th,” said Anderson. “If we can maintain our position and continue to do well we will have a shot at regionals.”