Photo by Lance Kriesch

After winning their last two competitions, the Otterbein men's golf team is headed to The O’Briant-Jensen Memorial Tournament at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, on October 28-29.

It’s no secret the team has had their fair share of success over the past few seasons, especially in conference play. However, the team placed 11th of 16 teams at The O’Briant-Jensen Memorial Tournament last season.

“Obviously we want to be better this year and we feel like we have the all-around talent to do it,” said senior golfer Tyler Dunfee.

The trip will conclude the team’s fall season schedule, which has consisted of four events to date. 

          

The season began with a tough start at the Transylvania Invitational in Lexington, Kentucky, as the team placed ninth out of the 16 teams. Senior Kurt Fortman, however, placed in the top 10 out of 88 competitors with a three-day total of 220. 

The team then rebounded with a third-place finish out of 12 teams at the Ohio Dominican Classic before posting back-to-back victories in the Capital City Match Play and the OAC Fall Preview.

“We feel like we are in a good spot but want to improve. We’ve done a lot of good stuff, but need to finish strong,” said junior golfer Johnny Peck.

          

The OAC Fall Preview saw two Cardinals top the player leaderboard as Fortman once again placed first with a 145 total in the two-day stretch for a +1 final score. Peck finished one stroke behind with a 146 and a +2 score in the event. Head coach Brian Booher’s team finished 15 over par, 19 strokes ahead of second-place John Carroll.

Following The O’Briant-Jensen Memorial Tournament, the team will regroup over the winter and return in March for their spring campaign. 

“We want to finish the fall off the right way and we will be excited to get back to it,” said Peck.