Coming into the final round of the 2015 Bardstown LEE’s Famous Recipe Mid-South Conference Championship at Bardstown Country Club at Maywood, the Patriot men’s golf team was in third place, but after the final round finished the Patriots ended up in fifth place.
Coming into the final round, Matt Bloom was in third place and looking to make a move for the top spot just two strokes back. However, the Louisville, Ky. native, struggled in the final round in tough conditions shooting an 89. The senior – who played his final round of his collegiate career – finished the tournament in a tie for 20th place.
It was also a bittersweet day for Chaz Bowen. Bowen also a senior from Louisville, Ky. completed the final round of his collegiate career. Coming into the tournament, Bowen hadn’t broken 90 at Maywood in his career, but in his three rounds he shined. He was able to break 90 the opening two rounds shooting 89 and 86, respectively. Bowen in the final round finished with a 95.
The final senior who played his final round of collegiate golf was Aaron Spalding. Spalding a native of Springfield, Ky. shot a 77 in the opening round on Sunday, then in the second round he finished with an 80 and then in his final round he finished with an 83.
Spalding was also rewarded for his strong play in the spring by being named to the All Mid-South Conference second team. The honor is based on the three Mid-South sponsored tournaments throughout the year with each individual using his top five scores in seven rounds.
Michael Hardin (Bloomfield, Ky.) also finished up the final round at Maywood. Hardin was able to jump three spots in the final round to finish in a tie for 10th place. Hardin finished the final round with an 80.
Michael Vuick (Taylorsville, Ky.) and Will Broady (Greenville, Ky.) each finished up their final rounds. Vuick carded an 83 in the final round. Broady was able to recover from his second round finishing up with an 81 in the third round.
The Patriots as a team struggled in the third round finishing up with a 327. They finished just two strokes behind Pikeville (Ky.) for fourth and just four strokes behind Cumberland (Tenn.) for third. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) took home the team title with a three round total of 892.
Patriot golf coach, Joan Rizer, was proud of her team, “I am just so proud everyone; they went out and did all they could for three rounds. I am especially proud of the seniors for what they have accomplished in their time here at SCC.”
The Patriots will now look to replace Bloom, Bowen, and Spalding for next year’s squad.