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Georgetown College men's and women's golf teams were not messing around in this early home opener to the fall season. The male Tigers cruised to the Bluegrass Fall Classic championship at Cherry Blossom Golf Course outpacing the closest competition by 24 strokes and just 11 strokes over par with a 587 over two days.
The women also played well despite the heat and walking 18 holes, shooting a 675 – seven strokes off the lead for second.
Drake Stepter, sophomore transfer from Freed-Hardeman University – won the men's side with a two-day card of 140, including a four-under par day Tuesday. He shot even par to start the tournament. Patrick Oakley, 147, and Michael Brown, 149, also made the all-tournament team.
Georgetown College men's and women's golf wrapped up its 2016 spring season at the Mid-South Conference Championships in Bowling Green, Ky. Part of the three-day tournament was a banquet to honor the season and the athletes.
During the evening was an award ceremony to hand out the MSC All-Academic honors to student-athletes who maintain at least a 3.25 grade point average and are of sophomore or higher standing.
The Tiger women were represented by Haley Hart, Jordan Meade and Sydney Swingos, while Cameron Everett was the men's recipient.
Sydney Swingos started strong at the Mid-South Conference women's golf championship presented by Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac at Bowling Green Country Club.
The junior shot six over par on day one of the three-day event to hold sole control of sixth place. A much tougher day two slipped her into double-digit standings. However, she recovered to shoot better in the last round and finish with a 252, tied for 22nd.
"Sydney is a great golfer. She had a tough round and that's hard to recover from, but she let it go and refocused for a better third round," said GC women's coach Taylor Elder. "That's not an easy thing to do, especially under the schedule we played."
This spring Georgetown College women's and men's golf will start to see the changing of the guard so to speak. Flash Williams, who started the women's team and for years has coached both programs, finished up the fall season before officially retiring in December.
"I never thought I'd be done coaching, but my recovery from knee surgery did not go as I had hoped," Williams said. "While I know I can still coach, I can't do it in the way I want and that to me is a sign that it's time to pass the torch.
"Fortunately, we've had a young lady Taylor Elder, who played for Eastern Kentucky (University), volunteering these past few seasons. She'll take over with the women. Associate Director of Athletics Austin Sparks has also been around the teams, helping us travel the past several seasons to our big tournament in Florida. He's a great golfer, loves the game and will take over the men's team."
Georgetown College men's golf team dropped one spot in the final team standings as St. Catharine College caught and passed them Tuesday in Campbellsville, Ky. The Tigers finished seventh in their first tournament in more than a month, but sophomore Kaleb Lester took ninth overall.
"Of course this is not where we thought we'd be after round one, but we played well on a tough course," said GC coach Austin Sparks. "Hopefully what we learned here has prepared us for what we will face at a more familiar course this weekend in Pikeville."
GC will be back on the links Saturday in the Bears' spring tournament.
Lester shot a two-day total of 151, a stroke back from eighth and eight off the leader. He was tied for 12th going into the day and finished in a five-way tie for ninth.