Logan Anuszkiewicz putts on the green at the fall G‑MAC Invi­ta­tional || Courtesy, John Quint

The Hillsdale College Chargers kicked off the spring season in St. Augustine, Florida, this week at the Spring Kickoff Inter­col­le­giate at St. John’s Country Club.

They ended the three-day tour­nament tied for tenth place at 58 over par, a few shots behind the leaders, which fea­tured Queen’s Uni­versity of Char­lotte at the top with winning 27-over-par 891.

Senior Liam Purslow shot Hillsdale’s lowest tour­nament score, fin­ishing with a tied-ninth five-over-par. He fin­ished eight strokes behind the leader, Coker College’s Wanjoo Lee who shot three under in the tour­nament. Freshman Josh Dav­enport shot Hillsdale’s second lowest, a 10-over-par 226 that earned him tied-18th place.

“I accom­plished the goals I set out at the start of the week, but just made too many mis­takes from the middle of the fairway,” Purslowe said. “Trying to force birdies towards the end of round 3 led to a couple of avoidable errors that resulted in bogeys.”

After starting the first four holes +4, Purslowe sharpened up and fin­ished the round at +2 with three birdies. The next round he shot even par, and posted +3 in round three.

“I would say it was one of my best ball striking tour­na­ments in recent memory around a course that was really demanding off the tee,” Purslowe said, “which inevitably saw a lot of guys struggle.”

The team’s struggles came from the lim­i­ta­tions of the weather during winter in Michigan.

“I think we all struggled with the things we haven’t been able to practice as much from being indoors, with that being mostly short game stuff,” junior Ryan Zetwick said.

This first tour­nament serves as a warm-up to the spring season, which begins after the team’s spring break trip to Pine­hurst Resort according to coach Nate Gilchrist.

“I think we did a good job of staying focused and rec­og­nizing that we haven’t played in a while,” Zetwick said. “All in all, I think we’re dis­ap­pointed in how we played but under­stand that there’s still a lot of time left in the season to improve and get to where we want to be.”