GOLF: ‘Cats swing big in conference tournament

Alex Gallucci

The golf team recently traveled to Louisville, Ky., to compete against 11 teams in the Big East championships. The University of Louisville hosted the three-day, 54-hole tournament at the par 72, 7,001-yard Cardinal Club on April 22-24. After the first day of play, Louisville led the field, firing a team score of 283 (-5), while senior Steve Arnold led the team with a 3-over-par 75, which left him in 22nd place in the 60-man field. With solid scores of 77 from senior Brock Bergman, and sophomores Andrew Alexander and Doug Stadler, the team entered its second 18-holes in 10th place but only four strokes out of seventh place.

Currently, Arnold leads the team with a 73.70 stroke average in the 10 tournaments he has competed in so far this season. Close behind him are brothers Brett and Brock Bergman, who have averaged 76.00 and 76.80 strokes, respectively. The Wildcats also relied on Stadler and Alexander in several tournaments this year in the fourth and fifth positions.

Arnold hoped to lead Villanova to the same success he saw in last year’s Big East tournament, where he placed eighth and helped the team to a fifth place finish. In addition, Arnold was just one stroke away from earning all-Big East recognition.

The team will compete one last time this season at the Rutherford Intercollegiate in State College, Pa., from May 4-6.