(AGENPARL) – WEST POINT (GEORGIA) dom 20 settembre 2020
Men’s Golf | Sun, Sep. 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM
WEST POINT, Ga. (Sept. 20, 2020) – The Point University men’s golf team will be looking to continue their successful shortened spring season on Monday, as they host the second annual Point University Fall Invitational. The Point University Fall Invitational will be hosted at the Point University Golf Club in West Point, Georgia.
Head Coach Steven Paine is entering his seventh season as the men’s head coach and is excited to have his guys competing once again.
“When the season was cut short in March, we had just won our fourth straight event and had yet to lose an event in the spring, so we were feeling pretty confident heading into the post-season,” Paine said. “We return all five of our starters and have also added some extra pieces, so we feel pretty good about our chances this season.”
A look at last season
The Skyhawks had won six out of the ten tournaments they had competed in over the duration of the fall and spring seasons and placed in the top three in every tournament played in. The men’s golf team entered the 2019 fall season nationally ranked at No. 14 and through their efforts in the fall, the Skyhawks entered the 2020 spring season nationally ranked at No. 3.
Prior to the 2019-20 season, the men’s golf team had won the NAIA Appalachian Athletic Conference Direct Qualifier three years in a row. The Skyhawks became nationally ranked in May of 2017 and have remained in the top 20 all but one time since their 2017 ranking.
“Our on-course goals for this season are the same as last year’s, to win the AAC Championship and to win the NAIA National Championship,” Paine said. “We have won three straight league titles and we feel like we would’ve been strong favorites last year. We hope to pick up where we left off and make those goals a reality through hard work and commitment to our trade.”
Teeing off for the Skyhawks
Point will be returning all five of their starters from last season, with three of the five holding All-America status. Eric Wowor and Ruan Pretorius were named to the NAIA PING All-America first team and Ryan van der Klis was named to the NAIA PING All-America second team this past spring. Pretorius and Wowor both competed in the 69th annual Georgia Open in August, and Pretorius won Low Amateur shooting a 70-68-70-72. Wowor shot a 71-74-74-70 and tied for 16th place at 2 over par. Pretorius also won Low Amateur in the Milton Martin Honda Classic this June.
Among the newcomers, Cole Stevens is expected to highlight the incoming class. Stevens is a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa, and has placed in the top 20 in five of the seven tournaments he has participated in, in 2020.
Fall schedule preview
The men’s golf team will compete in five tournaments this fall, two in the month of September and three in October. The Skyhawks will travel to Silvis, Illinois, and face the top teams in the NAIA as they compete in the NAIA National Preview, Sept. 28-29.
“Anytime you can pick up wins against teams like Coastal Georgia, Dalton State, Oklahoma City and Keiser, you know you are doing something right. So, we are looking forward to going head to head against those guys and hope to come out on the right side of things,” Paine said.
The Skyhawks will tee off Monday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. to begin their 2020 fall season. Scores, as they come in, can be found here.