The Eastern Michigan men’s golf team started its 2019-20 season on Sept. 9 in Huntington West Virginia at the 50th Annual Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational.
To open the two-day tournament up, the team, led by head coach Bruce Cunningham, tied the lowest 18-hole round in program history with a nine-under 272. The previous record of 272 was set on Feb. 26, 2018 in the third round of the Loyola Intercollegiate.
The tournament continued on Sept. 10, with Eastern’s momentum carrying over to yet another successful day. The Eagles broke the 54-hole school record with a 20-under par total of 832. Their previous three-round best was 836, set at the Loyola Intercollegiate in 2018.
Eastern Michigan finished the tournament in a tie for third place, with a team total of 832 (280-272-280). Redshirt sophomore Zack Mason led the team with a 70-67-68 for a total of 205. His three round total is the third-best in program history, and he was just five shots off Tyler Lewis’ all-time mark of 200. In ninth place was Junior Ty Celone with a total of 207, which was his sixth career top-10 finish. Junior Cougar Collins posted his lowest 54-hole tournament with a 208, having him finish in a tie for 12th-place.
Freshman Luke Pelak tied for 38th at a 214, and junior Tyler Rayman finished 43rd with a 215. Senior Zach Sudinsky played as an individual with a total of 214.
Cunningham has been a part of this team for 26 years, leading them to many successful years finishing in the top three at the Mid-American Conference championships in 10 of the past 14 seasons.
The Eagles next tournament begins Sept. 30 at the Firestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.