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Lords finish five back, take third place

HOWARD, Ohio — The No. 20-ranked Kenyon College Lords golf team carded scores of 289 and 290 to finish the two-day North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) / Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Clash with a third-place total of 579. Both No. 21 Denison University and No. 4 Wittenberg University posted 574s to tie for first and finish five strokes ahead of Kenyon.

Denison ended up taking home the trophy based on a tiebreaker that considered the teams’ best second-round fifth score. Otterbein University ended up fourth in the team standings with a score of 584 and Denison’s ‘B’ team took fifth with a 591 in the 12-team field at Apple Valley Golf Club.

Over the course of the two rounds, first-year Armand Ouellette was Kenyon’s low man. He fired a one-under 71 on Saturday and then followed up with a two-under 70 on Sunday. His total of 141 put him in a tie for third place in the individual standings.

On Saturday, senior Nick Lust had Kenyon’s best score, a 70. On Sunday, he tacked on a 74 to finish at even-par 144 and in an individual tie for sixth place among the tournament’s 71 golfers. Another senior, Andrew Kotler put up rounds of 73 and 74 for a 147 that placed him in a tie for 12th place.

Rounding out the scoring for the Lords were senior Eric Lifson and Ethan Manalo. Lifson had a two-day total of 148 and Manalo posted a 149. Lifson tied for 18th place and Manalo tied for 22nd.

Kenyon also deployed a ‘B’ team. That squad scored a 616 and placed ninth in the 12-team field. Logan Spiess led the way with a 149. Griffin Ward scored a 152, Garrett Thesing scored a 156, Graham Nash carded a 162 and Ethan Shapiro finished with 163.

The Lords now turn their focus to the upcoming three-day NCAC Championship, which gets underway Friday and Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield, Ohio.

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