The Drexel Dragons golf team competed in the 2011 Navy Spring Invitational tournament over the weekend of April 16-17. The tournament, held in Annapolis, Md., featured 18 other teams. In the field of 19, the Dragons finished 16th with a team score of 648 strokes. The leading team, Texas Christian University, finished with a score of 586.
The Dragons’ lead scorer for the two-day tournament was sophomore James Braunsberg, who shot a total score of 152 over the two days. His score was good for 16th place overall among the 104 participating golfers. It was the second consecutive week Braunsberg was the lead scorer, shooting a 151 at the Wildcat Invitational.
Finishing second for Drexel over the weekend with a score of 161 was Michael Serensits, who ultimately tied for 62nd in the tournament field.
This tournament, located where the Dragons opened their season, was Drexel’s last before the Colonial Athletic Association championships. It was the third time Braunsberg played at the course, which he said helped in his success.
“I felt more comfortable, and I knew where to hit the ball,” Braunsberg said. “I was able to focus where to hit the ball, it helped a little bit.”
Next for the Dragon golfers is their final tournament and competition of the 2010-11 season, the CAA championships. The tournament will take place over the weekend of April 22-24 in Pinehurst, N.C. Temperatures during the championship match are expected to reach the mid-80s — a factor that pleases head coach Mike Dynda.
“[The team is] looking forward to playing golf in decent weather, not wearing three layers,” he said.
Among the field of opponents for the Dragons at the CAA championships will be the defending champions, Towson University. Towson recorded a score of 885 to win the 2010 championship title in Hot Springs, Va.
Last season, Drexel finished in ninth place out of 11 teams and they will be looking to improve on that performance.