Men’s Golf places second at UC Invitational

West Liberty Men’s Golf placed 12th at the The Battle at the Shores tournament in Fla. on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Overall, the men’s golf team “shot their best round”, a 21-over-par 305 to finish at 926 event according to Hilltopper Sports.

The team placed second at the University of Charleston Invitational last week, only losing to the host team, the University of Charleston. With a total of twelve teams participating within this invitational, it is quite refreshing to see West Liberty place so high, especially given their ambitions to secure a team MEC Championship this season. While UC was the only team to shoot sub-600 (599), West Liberty saw themselves shoot 612, eleven strokes better than the next closest, Davis and Elkins College. Although West Liberty lost by thirteen strokes to UC, it was much closer than predicted. At the beginning of the final round, WLU only trailed UC by two strokes, which shines massive light on their potential rematch later in the season.

The rematch later in the season is potentially going to be the juggernaut battle we will see in the MEC Championship. As it currently stands, West Liberty University, Concord University, and the University of Charleston eye the chance to capture the title. These two teams alongside West Liberty have seen success on top of the conference before, with Charleston winning the MEC in 2017 and 2018, and Concord winning the MEC in 2019. Despite these successes from these two teams, West Liberty has quite the chance to enter the mix as one of the most dominant teams in the conference. This potential is led by individual successes seen through Howard Peterson IV and Alex Eastholm. At the UC Invitational, Peterson shot 72-78, and Eastholm shot 76-76. Although impressive as is, there is certainly much more they would like to improve on as the conclusion of the season draws near.

It will be quite entertaining to watch the West Liberty Men’s Golf team potentially battle their way to a MEC Championship within the upcoming weeks. It will certainly not come easy though, as tough competition within the conference stands in their way, but the Hilltoppers understand that, and look forward to the challenge that is presented to them.