Maryville College Men's Golf recorded the lowest 54-hole score in school history today, as the Scots finished the Rhodes College Fall Classic with a ninth-place finish.
MC posted a score of 879 for the 54-hole tournament in Tunica, Miss., as that mark bests the previous 54-hole record by 11 shots.
"I knew this team was going to be good, and I think we are going to be good," Head Coach Ron Waters said. "Now, we're sitting her disappointed in how we played today, and yet, we just set records for 18, 36 and 54 holes down here this week. So, that's great that our expectations are high. We can be a really good team, and these guys are going to keep working and getting better. I'm proud of them, but I think that there's better things to come."
The Scots have broken the 54-hole mark each of the past two seasons at the Rhodes College Fall Classic. Today's mark tops the now third-best three-round score by 30 shots, as Maryville posted a 909 in last year's USA South Athletic Conference Championship.
The record is just one of many the Scots broke during the tournament, as they also carded their first-ever below par performance with a three-under 285 in the second round. MC added scores of 299 and 295 in the first and third rounds for their 879 total.
Maryville's Garrett Compliment finished tied for 15th overall, as the junior carded a two-under tally on the Tunica National Course.
He becomes only the third MC golfer in program history to score under par for a 54-hole tournament.
"Garrett had a good tournament," Waters said. "He struggled a little bit at the end today, but he was solid. We've got some good scores all the way down the line. I think our high score today was 77 that we counted. The 81 that we had to count the first round was a little out of the ordinary for what we're going to do in the future, but Garrett had a good tournament. I'm proud of him. Everybody played well, and we're going to get better next week."
Compliment shot matching one-under 71s in the first two rounds, as he finished the tournament with an even-par 72. In all, he made nine birdies in the three rounds, as he joins Trey Bridwell and Tyler Bray as the only MC golfers to finish below par in a 54-hole tournament.
Bray shot the fourth-best 54-hole score in program history at Tunica this weekend, as he finished with a one-over 217. Bray scored a one-over 73 today after shooting matchings even-par scores the first two rounds.
Over the past two seasons, each of MC's six scores at the Rhodes College Fall Classic rank as the top six Scots' marks in the five tournaments played there. The Scots scored their first- and third-best scores in the tournament this weekend.
"The biggest thing is, we shot 295 today," Water said. "A year ago, we were thrilled that we shot 295. Today, we're not excited about shooting a 295, because we know we are better than that. I think that motivation that we know that we can be better is going to help everybody to keep pushing to improve. It's raised our expectations a little bit, but we still have to be patient with the process."
Andy Cofer added a nine-over 225 for the Scots, as Wil Manuel finished round three with one-over 73. Manuel finished just one-over in the final two rounds, as he scored a 226 for the tournament. Hunter DeSena carded a 229.
Huntingdon College took the team victory in the Rhodes College Fall Classic after the Hawks broke a tie with University of Texas at Tyler with an 11-under performance on Monday.
Huntingdon finished the tournament at 22-under with an 842, as the Patriots ended with a 15-under 849.
Tyler Uhlig of University of Texas at Tyler took individual honors with a 13-under 203 performance, while Henry Gee of Huntingdon finished two strokes back for second individually.
The Scots will have a week off before traveling to Flowery Branch, Ga. MC is set to take part in the Royal Lakes Fall Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1-2.