The Hampden Sydney Golf team has competed in four tournaments this fall. They came in 6th place in the Tom Kinder Memorial, 1st in The Hampden-Sydney Invitational, 4th in the Virginia State Intercollegiate, and 5th The Ted Keller Memorial.
The Hampden Sydney Golf team played against a number of teams at these tournaments, including Lynchburg, Virginia Intermont, Shenendoah, Bridgewater, Ferrum, RMC, Averett, Guilford, and Franklin and Marshall.
“Individual standouts include, Junior, Rick O’Connell who was the teams low score in 3 of the 4 tournaments including 2 top five overall finishes. Also Drew Arnold, Sophomore, who was the teams lowest score at The Virginia State Intercollegiate and 2 top ten overall finishes,” said sophomore player Hunter Gibson.
The team has had a solid fall season with several big finishes in tournaments, but also looks forward to an even stronger spring season.
“The spring season looks promising as we look to improve on our fall season. We are looking forward to being very competitive in the ODAC, and tallying some exciting finishes to our spring schedule. With the leadership of Senior Sean Gatz and Junior Rick O’Connell, we hope to make a push for the ODAC title and a bid into the NCAA tournament,” said Hunter.
The Golf team has several freshmen who have played well in the fall tournaments, and will hopefully only be improving in the coming spring season.
“The freshmen have played well so far, including solid efforts from Trent Tuttle at the HSC invitational and Ted Keller, and from Thomas Cole at the Virginia State Intercollegiate and HSC invitational,” said Hunter.
Overall the Hampden Sydney Golf team had a good fall season, and has high hopes for a promising spring season. ¬¬¬¬¬¬
Although its main season is in the spring, the Hampden-Sydney tennis team competed in a few tournaments during the fall.
On the last weekend in September, the tennis Tigers traveled to Fredericksburg to compete in the ITA Regional Tournament and had several very promising performances. Sophomore Houghton Flanagan and junior Aleksandar Turkovic captured the B4 doubles title, winning their matches by scores of 8-4, 8-5 and 8-3 before winning the finals by forfeit. However, Flanagan was not done there as he advanced all the way to the finals of the B7 flight, winning the first set in the match 6-3 before dropping the second and third sets. Other standout performances included freshman David Dodson advancing to the semifinals of the B4 singles and his classmate Houston Wilson made it all the way to the semifinals of the B8 singles.
The following week, the tennis took it talents to Hampton Roads for the Hampton Roads Collegiate Invitational, a tournament of mostly NCAA Division I and II teams.
Sophomore Zach King of Richmond turned in the highlight performance of the day for the Tigers, making it all the way to the semi-finals in the “B” singles division as a result of beating an opponent from Division II Chowan 8-5. Though King incurred two losses in the double-elimination format tournament, both of his losses were against opponents from Division I school Drexel and Loyola.
Flanagan and Turkovic also brought home victories, with Flanagan upending a Chowan player in the “C” singles by a score of 6-3, 6-0. Turkovic, meanwhile, dominated an opponent from Division I Howard 6-1, 6-0 but falling 1-6, 3-6 to a player from ODAC foe Virginia Wesleyan.
The vast majority of the Hampden-Sydney cross country team concluded its season at the ODAC Championships at Peak View Elementary School in Harrisonburg, VA on Saturday, October 27.
Running on a hilly course in tough conditions, the Tiger harriers placed 9th out of 11 schools, defeating the Wasps of Emory & Henry and the Wildcats of Randolph College.
Leading the Tigers, as he has all season, was junior Andrew Stoddard of Richmond, who placed a respectable 31st in the 102-runner field with a time of 29:05 for 8k, or 4.96 miles for those uninitiated in the metric system. Freshman William Imeson turned in arguably his best performance of the season, finishing in 49th place with a time of 30:16. Senior Yonathan Tarekegne Ararso (59th, 31:01), freshman David Hart (72nd, 32:33) and junior Drew Fletcher (73rd, 32:35) comprised the rest of Hampden-Sydney’s top five.
Three runners on the team, Stoddard, Ararso and senior Andrew Craver, will compete tomorrow in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional race at Nash Battlefield Park in Hampton, Georgia.