The men’s golf team finished fourth at the University of Hartford Invitational on Sept. 20 and 21 at Bulls Bridge Golf Course in South Kent, Conn.
Sacred Heart University was led by senior Nathan Kim and sophomore Marcus Lim, as the team posted a 54-hole score of 870.
“I haven’t done anything different in preparing for Bills Bridge,” said Kim. “Just had a good week and everything fell into place.”
Kim shot a 70, a 74 and a 66 on the final day while Lim shot a 68, a 74 and 68 to close out the weekend. Kim’s 66 on the final day of the tournament was the lowest score at the Hartford Invitational. Both golfers finished with 54 hole scores of 210, which was tied for sixth.
“I am really happy with the pair of 68s that I shot at the Hartford Invite. It’s the lowest scores I’ve shot in college so far… just shows that I am capable of winning,” said Lim.
Originally from Malaysia where he attended high school, Lim has only been in the U.S. for five months.
“I’m still new to the system and college golf as a whole,” said Lim. “I just enjoy learning from my coaches, teammates and just enjoy practicing.”
Kim, on the other hand, has been playing golf in the U.S. for almost his entire life, and has aspirations of a career after he graduates.
“After college, I plan on trying out professional golf,” said Kim.
Lim attributes his confidence in the team’s ability to the outcome on the course.
“I think that we have a great team this year and we certainly are capable of consistently posting low numbers as a team. As long as the guys keep getting better…we’ll be in a great position in the spring,” said Lim.
Head Coach Matthew McGreevy enters his 14th season at the helm of Sacred Heart Golf, and credits the Pioneers’ success at the Hartford Invitational to his players.
“I was very pleased with our performance at the Hartford Invitational… It was one of our better finishes at that event in recent years,” said McGreevy.
After a second place finish behind Long Island University (LIU) in the Northeast Conference (NEC) championship last spring, the Pioneers look to build off this momentum and strive for a better result this upcoming year.
“We have high expectations for this team. We were so close last year, and the men want a different outcome at the conference championship,” said McGreevy.
Part of McGreevy’s plan to lead the Pioneers to success is a regimented training schedule that he believes will help in the long run.
“We are practicing six days a week and are in the gym two times a week. The men are grinding and working hard,” said McGreevy.
Up next for the Pioneers is the UConn Invitational in Hampden, Mass., taking place from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5. Sacred Heart will return to their home course at the Great River Golf Club for the SHU Fall Classic on Oct. 17 and 18.
Sacred Heart Athletics Contributed to this article.