Oxendine and Childers Pace Flyers at Camp Lejuene Tournament

Oxendine and Childers Pace Flyers at Camp Lejuene Tournament

The Sandhills Community College men's golf team finished 12th among 30 teams at the rain-shortened Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Golf Championship held at Paradise Point Golf Course in Jacksonville, NC last Friday and Saturday.

The Flyers were led by Hunter Oxendine who tied for 13th place individually after rounds of 70-74-144 and Brady Childers who tied for 17th with scores of 70-75-145. The team score of 288-306-594 left them only three strokes out of eighth place in the event won by Methodist.

Other Flyer scores in the field of 147 golfers included Christopher Kraft, tie-51st, 76-76-152, Koby Markham, tie-57th 72-81-153 and Austin Freeman, 75th, 81-82-163.

As one of the team's in the top half of the field after two rounds, Coach Gus Ulrich's squad qualified to compete for the Gold Championship on Sunday before heavy rains on Saturday night made the two courses used for the tournament unplayable.

The first day score of 288 was only three strokes less than the best-ever Flyer 18-hole round of 285 posted by the national championship team of 2014.

"Overall I thought they played well," Ulrich said. "It was encouraging to know we can compete with so many four year schools. We have a couple of tournaments left and now we're gearing up for the national Championship (Chautauqua, N.Y.) in June.

Remaining on the schedule are the Eagles' Cup hosted by Wake Tech at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Raleigh on April 14-15 and the Region X Championship at Sanford Golf Club (round 1) the Country Club of Whispering Pines (round 2) on April 21-22.

Top 15 teams: 1. Methodist 270-295-565, t2. Mary Washington 286-290-526, t2. N.C. Wesleyan 274-302-526, 4. Virginia Wesleyan 283-294-527, 5. Oglethorpe 281-299-580, t6. Lynchburg 278-307-585, t6 Webber International 284-301-585, 8. Christopher Newport 281-310-591, t9. Randolph Macon 287-305-592, t9. York 291-301-592, 11. Pfeiffer 285-308-593, 12. Sandhills 288-306-594, 13. Cape Fear 281-314-595, t14 Averett 284-315-599, t14 Shenandoah 291-308-599.

C. Bergmann