NESHANIC STATION, N.J. – In its final event before the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships, the Monmouth University men’s golf team finished fourth of seven teams at the Metro Honda Peacock Invitational behind junior Brady Goodling’s (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) two-over par 74.
The Hawks shot a team 305 to finish in front of two of the three MAAC squads competing in the event. Central Connecticut State, paced by medalist Matt Hills, who carded a two-under 70, earned the team title, posting a 293 in the 18-hole competition, one stroke in front of Fairleigh Dickinson. Rider notched a 297 to earn third, followed by the Blue and White which landed four shots ahead of Fairfield. Host Saint Peter’s ended the event a stroke behind the Stags, while Saint Francis Brooklyn’s 326 rounded out the field.
Goodling carded a 38 on the front-nine before shaving off two strokes on the back-nine to finish with a 74 and a seventh place result. Rookie Jesse Hazam (Mechanicsburg Pa./Mechanicsburg), playing as an individual, fired a career-low round of 74 to earn a piece of seventh overall. Corey Carrick (Howell, N.J./Howell) and Colin Buckley (Duxbury, Mass./Boston College H.S.) each ended the afternoon with a 76 to share 19th, while Kyle Deisher (Montgomery, Pa./Montgomery Area) registered a 79. Cody Gross (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) rounded out the Hawks’ lineup with an 82.
The Hawks return to action this upcoming weekend, April 25-27, for the MAAC Championships, held at Disney's Palm Golf Course, a par-72 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The championship will be highlighted on the final day with the ninth and 18th holes’ action being broadcast live on ESPN3 starting at 10:00 a.m.