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For the second straight tournament, freshman Kaleb Lester led Georgetown College men's golf team. The North Carolina native shot a two-day 153, nine over par, to finish tied for fifth in the Mid-South Conference Fall Meet. The top five finishers earn all-tournament, Lester's second such honor this year.
As a team the Tigers dropped 13 strokes from day one to day two, improving from seventh to fifth in the overall competition at Maywood Country Club. The team shot a two-day total of 639, just six shots behind St. Catharine College.
Lester was steady both days, but Connor Taylor went from tied for 41st to 24th and improved by 10 strokes. Connor Danis was also 41st after Monday's opening round, dropped five strokes Tuesday to finish tied for 31st.
While 2011 Georgetown alum Christian Heavens is mum about the final results on his appearance of Golf Channel's Big Break Myrtle Beach, he is not shy about one thing it has accomplished for him.
"I love talking with young people and sharing my story with them," Heavens said. "This opportunity on TV, doing the game I love, has provided another avenue for me to reach more of America's youth."
Heavens is from East St. Louis, Ill. and growing up was very aware of his rough living environment. He watched as young boys made decisions to be in gangs and get involved in drugs. His family had other dreams for him.
"My grandfather sacrificed a lot for me to be where I am. He put a plastic golf club in my hand when I was young and always told me I was born to be a golfer," Heavens said. "My mom and my community have poured into me, making this opportunity that much more important. They all mean so much to me. I got out of the streets and I want others to know they can do the same."
Georgetown College men's golf coach has a dilemma any coach would welcome. Through two tournaments, Flash Williams' Tigers have been posting such great scores and so many that it is a toss-up on his scoring five.
"All my guys are shooting so well it is a difficult choice each tournament," Williams said. "Kaleb Lester made the all-tournament team in his first collegiate match."
The North Carolina native tied for fourth with a two-day total of 146, just two over par. The Tigers as a team finished third in the Pikeville Invitational earlier this week.
Georgetown College men's golf did something it has never done – win its own home tournament. The Tigers shot a 303 on day two, for a 597 total. University of Pikeville made a charge, finishing just 15 strokes back with a 612.
"This is a great start to this year," said GC coach Flash Williams. "We are so young, three freshmen, a sophomore and two seniors are who leading us. Now I'd like to see us build on this."
The Tigers do not play again until the end of September when they travel to Prestonsburg for Pikeville's tournament.
Georgetown College men's golf opened the fall season with a fantastic round Monday at Cherry Blossom. The Tigers finished 16 strokes ahead of second place University of Pikeville with a 294.
Freshman Connor Danis led the team-scorers for GC with a 72, but was beat in the individual competition by teammate Connor Taylor's 70.