Men’s golf heads to Mason Rudolph Championships

Emma Collins

Georgia Southern University’s golf team heads to Nashville this weekend to compete in the Mason Rudolph Championship tournament.

“We’ve been competing in it for a number of years. We enjoy it, and the course is similar to that of Forest Heights Country Club here in Statesboro. We have been working really hard, and we’re looking forward to it,” men’s golf coach Carter Collins said.

The Mason Rudolph Championship is a golf tournament that has been hosted by Vanderbilt Commodores since 2002. In 2014, the Eagles finished fifth in the tournament.

The Eagles have consistently finished in the top ten in their most recent tournaments, finishing third last weekend at the Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Georgia. Last weekend, the Georgia Southern golf team posted a 278 in the Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club, finishing in third place, just behind Auburn and Vanderbilt.

Eleven of the top fifty teams in the country competed in the tournament, and several of the Eagles finished in the top twenty-five players on the field at the end of the two-day tournament.

Several seniors did well in specific. Kim Koivu shot a seven under par, Matt Mierzejewski shot five under par and Scott Wolfes finished four under par.

Wolfes also stood out from the rest of many of his teammates during the previous tournament, the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate in Aiken, South Carolina. While the Eagles finished eighth in the competition, Wolfes finished second in the fourteenth top-five finishes of his career. Wolfes shot an even-par 70 and finished eight under par in the competition.

Koivu was another Eagle who finished strong in the Palmetto Intercollegiate competition; he finished with a 79 on the final day of the competition.

“Both have had very nice spring semesters so far. They’ve carried a load for the team. They’re hard workers and team leaders. They lead by example. They’re having some success, and we’re having fun watching them,” Collins said.

Wolfes and Koivu came out strong earlier in the season as well. At the Wexford Intercollegiate in late February, both tied for third place with even pars, along with three other competitors. The third place finish was Koivu’s best even finish as a Georgia Southern Eagle. In the Wexford Intercollegiate, the Eagles finished in a tie for second place.

The Eagles depart for Nashville on Wednesday and will spend three days playing in the tournament. Rather than focusing on which team they need to beat, the team will work to play their best, Collins said.

“We have the mindset to do the best we can. Florida State University, the number one team in the nation, will be there, and so will a lot of other good teams. We just want to play to the best of our abilities and see where that puts us,” Collins said.