Harrisonburg, Va. - N.C. Wesleyan's golf team picked up where it left off last season with an impressive runner-up finish at the 2017 Tom Kinder Memorial hosted by Bridgewater College. The Bishops carded team rounds of 298 and 282 to beat out USA South foe Ferrum College in the standings and secure 2nd-place.
Played at the par-72 Lakeview Golf Course, Monday's two-round action featured 90 golfers among 17 teams. Mariano Silvestri opened his sophomore campaign with a stellar 68 (-4) in the opening round, with last season's co-MVP Grady Anderson complimenting him with a 76 (+4). Freshman newcomer Juan de Giacomi and sophomore Luke Thornton each carded a 77 in round one to secure NCWC's 298, placing the Bishops in a tie for 4th-place with Ferrum heading into the final round.
In round two, Silvestri and de Giacomi helped the Bishops' cause with a pair of 69 scores (-3), while Anderson and Thornton each finished with an even 72. Wesleyan's 282 in the final round actually bested team champion Guilford College by two strokes, but the Quakers' 276 in the opener proved too much to overcome.
At 7-under for the tournament, Silvestri secured 3rd-place overall. Additionally, de Giacomi (+2, 12th-place), Anderson (+4, 17th-place), and Thornton (+5, 20th-place) all placed in the top-20. Also turning in a solid performance was sophomore Nicolas Strafe with rounds of 80 and 75 to finish tied for 38th overall with a two-round total of 155 (+11).
Medalist honors went to Ferrum's Lance Keiser with rounds of 68 and 64 (-12).
Next up for the Bishops is their annual Don Scalf Invitational. This year's tournament is slated for September 24th and 25th at Rocky Mount's own Belmont Lake Golf Club. For more information on the tournament's namesake, Don Scalf, please click here.