CLAYTON, Ind. – The Franklin College men's golf team hit the links this weekend, heading to Deer Creek Golf Club for the annual Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic, hosted by DePauw University.
Facing off against a challenging 15-team field and sweltering temperatures, the Grizzlies turned in another strong performance in their third event of the fall. Franklin finished with consecutive rounds under 300 for the first time in 2017, earning a third place finish with a 596 (297-299).
Four Grizzlies finished in the top-20 for the event, led by Jackson Williams' tie for 12th place with a 148 (75-73). Williams has finished at the top of the FC leaderboard in each of the team's three events this fall.
Senior Spencer Portish and freshman RJ Turner sat at the top of the team's standings after day one at one-over par. Both players would earn a share of 15th place, one shot back of Williams with dueling 149s (72-77). Junior Jacob Hash rode a team-low score of one-over in round two to an 18th place finish with a 150 (78-72). Kade Edwards rounded out the lineup with a 178 (94-84) and a share of 98th place.
The Grizzlies sent not one, but two five-man teams to the event. The 'B' squad was headlined by Brock Tennyson's tie for 33rd place with a 153 (77-76). Aubrey Seaman brought home a 46th place finish with a 156 (80-76). Kyle Konkle finished in a share of 81st with a 167 (85-82), Evan Graham tied for 89th with a 172 (84-88) and Hunter Whitaker finished in a tie for 91st with a 173 (89-84).
Kenyon College broke away from the field on day two en route to earning the team tournament championship by nine strokes. Mt. St. Joseph's Mikel Merker carded back-to-back rounds under par to earn medalist honors with a 141 (70-71).
The fall season rolls on for the Grizzlies next week, when Franklin heads to Decatur, Ill. for the Hopkins Golf Classic on Sept. 29-30.