At the end of the Battle at the Brook tournament in Sandusky, Ohio, the team’s second of the season, the Lords had golfed their way to a first-place finish. The Lords, who finished ninth in a field of 16 teams at the Transylvania Invite on Sept. 6, finished Saturday with the lead.
The Lords shot a Saturday score of 302 and followed up their impressive performance by shooting 293 on Sunday, for a total score of 595, 22 strokes below that of second-place Mount St. Joseph University (Cincinnati). The Sunday score of 293 was the second-lowest in Kenyon history. They scored 288 last year.
The Lords were led at the Battle of the Brook by senior Jake Fait and sophomore Ryan Muthiora. Fait, who shot a combined 148 over the two days for six over par, landed a fourth-place individual finish. His score was just three strokes away from winner Warren Whithaus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, Ind.). “I thought the team played very well, but I don’t think we touched our potential,” Fait said. “I genuinely think we have the capability to go well under par as a team. With that said, we didn’t bring our A-game and still found a way to win.”
Muthiora also shot well, finishing just a stroke behind Fait for a fifth-place finish. While both Fait and Muthiora carded a score of 76 on Saturday, Muthiora shot just a stroke worse than Fait on Sunday to finish at 149 overall. “We lost this same tournament last year by just one stroke, so we came in with chips on our shoulders,” Muthiora said.
Mason McCool ’17 and Jordan Harlacher ’16 also played well, as McCool tied for sixth place and Harlacher finished in a tie for eighth place. Harlacher, who led the field with a score of 73 at the end of Saturday’s round, was unable to maintain his torrid pace from the day before and scored an 80 on Sunday. “It was a good team win with everyone contributing up and down the lineup,” Harlacher said.
The victory, the Lords’ first of the season, came a weekend after the team kicked off their season at the Transylvania University Fall Invitational. The invitational was a competitive one and was attended by three nationally-ranked teams in addition to five teams that played in last fall’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship.
While the Lords finished ninth in the invitational, they showed great promise. The team’s combined score of 895 was a Kenyon record for a 54-hole tournament, and came in 31 over par for the course. Harlacher led the Lords, finishing with an individual score of 221 to place 20th.
The Lords now have plenty of time off to prepare for the Mason/Dixon Collegiate Classic on the weekend of Oct. 3.