The Endicott Golf team traveled to The Country Club of Wilbraham in Wilbraham, Massachusetts to compete in the 2019 Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament on April 27th. The Gulls walked on to the course with the feeling of the 2017 championship in the back of their minds.
With unplayable conditions causing the first round Saturday to be cancelled, the blue and green played 36 holes on Sunday ultimately leading them to win their seventh CCC Championship that afternoon. Senior captain, Carter Knox highlighted the day with a 76 in the first round and a 71 in the second round for a total score of 147 which placed him second in the field.
Knox’s two fellow captains also helped the team in their Sunday endeavor. Senior, Christopher Billings placed tied for eighth with a final score of 156 and Dylan Seeber, fellow senior and captain placed 19th with a total score of 166.
Billings scored a final round 72 after posting an 84 earlier that morning ultimately eliminating 12 strokes that afternoon—the biggest difference of any athlete in the competition. As a senior, this was Billing’s last CCC Tournament and he could not have been more impressed with the results.
“Winning the conference my senior year is the best way to end my college golf career. Especially after the disappointing result of coming in 2nd last year. The team can’t wait to represent Endicott at the National championship,” said Billings.
Billings realized that the team could bring home the title after he found out that Graduate Student, Connor Brown had shot a 73 and 72 in his two rounds that day. As soon as he tapped in on 18, he found out that Knox and Junior, Kenny Tuttle, were playing very well right behind him. Seeber heard from his Coach, Tom Smith on 16 of his final 18 that everyone was playing well and had that spark of hope that they could run away with a title.
“It was an amazing feelings, after the ups and downs that we went through this year, we were able to rally the band together as a team this spring and for it to all culminate last Sunday like it did was something that I know I’ll never forget,” said Seeber.
Alongside the student athletes has been Coach Smith, a solid support system and teacher for this group of Gulls as a PGA teaching pro. “All spring when we weren’t seeing the results we wanted he said, ‘don’t worry just keep grinding and you guys will peak at the right time’ and that’s what we were able to do,” said Seeber. “Without him as our coach we would not have been able to accomplish what we did.”
The blue and green will bring their talents down south to Nicholasville, Kentucky for the NCAA Division II Championship. Keene Trace Golf Club will host the Gulls from May 14-17. The captains are leading the team to prepare for their last hurrah of the year.
Billings noted that they are practicing as much as the weather is letting them up here on the North Shore. “If we can’t find time to play full rounds we always try to find time to go to the range at very minimum,” said Billings.
“We have been lucky enough to be able to play Essex County Club leading up to leaving for Kentucky on Saturday, we are going through our normal tournament week routines just ramping up the practice a little more to make sure we all have our games where they need to be in order to play well at nationals,” said Seeber.
Kentucky will be the last stop for the golf team this year with hopes to take home the Division III National Championship.