LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Junior Brady Goodling (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) finished in sole possession of second overall, while Corey Carrick (Howell, N.J./Howell) earned a share of eighth as the Monmouth University men’s golf team concluded the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship as runners-up, Sunday afternoon at Disney’s par-72 Palm Course. The Hawks, playing in their first year in the league, posted its highest finish at a conference championship event since earning the 2007 Northeast Conference Championship.
“My players and I are a little disappointed that we let the championship slip away,” commented head coach Dennis Shea. “I give the team tremendous credit for finding a way to climb the leaderboard on moving day from sixth to second, the biggest move we have ever had. Brady has been a great player for us all season and played well this weekend. I am positive he will return for his senior season a stronger golfer.”
Goodling, who started the final round on the 10th hole, shot a 41 on the back-nine before posting a two-over par 38 on the front-nine to finish the day with a 79. The junior ends the tournament with a 227 after rounds of 77, 71, and 79, two strokes behind medalist Alex Taylor of Fairfield, to finish with his fourth top-five result of the season. Carrick finished off his last collegiate event with his tournament-low score of 76 after 38 on both the front and the back nine to finish with a 232, four shot in front of Cody Gross (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) who posted his weekend-best score of 77 on Sunday. Kyle Deisher (Montgomery, Pa./Montgomery Area) ended the 54-holes with a 241 (82-76-83), followed by Colin Buckly (Duxbury, Mass./Boston College H.S.) who turned in his second-straight round of 81 to total 244 (82-81-81).
Saint Peter’s held on to claim the team title and a berth in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Peacocks compiled a score of 931 to edge both Monmouth and Fairfield which share second three strokes behind. Manhattan claimed third with a 935, 15 shots in front of Iona which earned fifth with a 950. Siena trailed the Gaels by five strokes to earn sixth, three strokes in front of Canisius in seventh which tallied a 958. Rider and Niagara inked scores of 959 and 995 to finish eighth and ninth, respectively.
In addition to the two student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent, Shea welcomes back six letterwinners to next year’s squad.