April 21, 2013
NEW ALBANY, Ohio - The Grand Valley State men's golf team showed great consistency over the weekend, shooting consecutive team rounds of 312 to land them a fourth-place finish at the GLIAC Spring Invite at the Winding Hollow Golf Club on Sunday (Apr. 21).
On the first day of competition, the top round came from junior Joel Siegel (Sparta, Mich.), who carded a 75 (+3) in the opening round. On day two, he tallied an 80 to finish at 155 (+11) for the tournament and in a tie for 11th.
The second-lowest round of the first day came from freshman Tyler Polulak (DeWitt, Mich.), who was part of the top five for the first time since the beginning of April. Polulak shot a 77 (+5) on Saturday, followed by a Sunday 80 to finish at 157 (+13) for the tournament and in tie for 22nd.
However, on the final day of competition, it was the usual suspect, junior Chris Cunningham (Milford, Mich.), who put up the lowest round of the tournament for the Lakers and the third-lowest round of the entire field. Cunningham had a first round 80, but then turned in a final round 73 (+1) to finish at 153 (+9) total and in a tie for third.
Sophomore Jack Rider (Kalamazoo, Mich./Hackett) turned in a first round 82 and a second round 79 to finish at 161 (+17) and in a tie for 37th.
The final Laker in the top five was freshman Chris Beltzer (Haslett, Mich.), who used rounds of 80 and 86 to finish at 166 (+22) for the tournament and in a tie for 50th.
Wayne State won the tournament with a two-round total of 611, while second went to Ohio Dominican (619) and third went to Ferris State (622). GVSU was fourth (624) and Ashland (633) rounded out the top five.
The individual medalist was Wayne State's Tyler Laserra, who was the only player to shoot anything lower than Cunningham's final round 73. Laserra went 71-72 to finish at 143 (-1) and won medalist honors by nine strokes.
The Lakers will have one more tournament before the postseason, a one-day affair at Eagle Eye G.C. in Bath, Mich. for the GLIAC Preview Tournament on Saturday (Apr. 27).