RECAP | Men's Golf Battles Tough Field at Hopins Collegiate Classic

Photo courtesy of Erica Irish
Photo courtesy of Erica Irish

DECATUR, Ill. – The Franklin College men's golf team continued their fall schedule on Sept. 29-30, taking on another difficult field at the Hopkins Golf Collegiate Classic, hosted by Millikin University.

The Grizzlies improved their team score by three shots from round one to round two on their way to a 12th place finish with a 629 (316-313). Leading the way for Franklin was senior Spencer Portish, who shaved five shots off his day one score on his way to a 155 (80-75) and a share of 39th place.

One shot back of Portish was sophomore Jackson Williams, who carded a 156 (76-80) to earn a tie for 46th place overall. RJ Turner fired back-to-back 79s to earn a share of 51st with a 158. Jacob Hash (81-84-165) and Brock Tennyson (87-79-166) earned shares of 85th and 90th places, respectively, to round out the top-five.

Three other Grizzlies competed in the two-day event as individuals. Aubrey Seaman garnered a share of 63rd place with a 160 (83-77), Kyle Konkle tied for 72nd with a 162 (84-78) and Hunter Whitaker rounded out the FC individuals with a 174 (86-88) and a tie for 101st.

Hope College took the team championship by seven shots over Illinois Wesleyan with a 584 (297-287). Hope's Josh Gibson cruised to medalist honors, winning by 11 shots with a 132 (68-64).

The Grizzlies' fall schedule comes to an end next weekend, when the Grizzlies head to Miami Whitewater Forest GC in Cincinnati, Ohio for the Mt. St. Joseph Fall Invitational on Oct. 7-8.