Last week, the Hillsdale Chargers enjoyed the sunny weather in Miami, Florida, while playing in the Miami Intercollegiate at Trump National Doral Golf Club. They finished sixth out of 10 teams with an aggregate 20 over par.
Coming off of their last tournament at TPC Michigan in Dearborn, Miami provided a change in competition just as much as the change in weather for the Chargers’ last tournament of the fall season.
“Going from Detroit last week where it was cold and windy to Florida this week was a huge change,” Ryan Zetwick said, “and it made it much easier to play well.”
The team hosting the tournament, Nova Southeastern University, came out on top at the end of day two.
For senior Liam Purslowe, the different conditions were more familiar, unlike the rest of the team. After playing well the first day, Purslowe said the tournament started to slip away the next two rounds.
“The putter just went cold on day two and I couldn’t get anything to drop,” he said. “The course was demanding and I just made some mistakes where you couldn’t afford to make them which ended in double bogeys and put me out of the mix a little.”
Overall, the tournament was a mixed bag. After a successful season they went up against bigger golf programs and finished in the middle of the pack. Ending the season like this provided enough positive moments to encourage the team over the offseason, according to coach Nathan Gilchrist.
“The guys played solid at times but not consistent enough to contend to win,” Gilchrist said. “They are ready to work hard this offseason and get ready to compete at a high level this spring.”