On Sunday, Sept. 11, the Sacred Heart University men’s golf team won the Ryan Lee Memorial Tournament at the Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington, Conn. The Pioneers set a 36 hole school record with a total score of a 23-under 545 over the two-day weekend tournament.
Junior Marcus Lim had a record-breaking performance, shooting a school record low round 64 on Saturday, Sept. 10 to finish the round seven under par.
“It definitely feels good because I had been playing really good golf over the summer, so it was nice to break the record,” said Lim. “64 is also my lowest score yet. I was hitting my approach shots really close to the hole. It felt really good.”
Lim’s record didn’t last long, though, as it was matched by sophomore Jason Pelley, who also shot a seven-under 64 on Sunday to help Sacred Heart clinch the tournament crown.
“My game is in a good spot. It’s been trending that way for a while,” said Pelley. “It’s good to get that done and to see that the hard work has been paying off.”
Sacred Heart finished seven strokes better than Siena College, who came in second. Sacred Heart’s first place finish was a major improvement from their last tournament, where they finished seventh at the Turning Stone Intercollegiate in Verona, N.Y.
“Honestly, it was pretty surprising,” said Lim. “The course really suited our style of play. We went into the week with a lot of confidence and we all showed up at the right time and everything just kind of clicked.”
Lim is no stranger to being Sacred Heart’s top performer, as he lead the charge in the Turning Stone Intercollegiate on Sept. 5.
“I’m not going to really think about what I did,” said Lim. “I’m just going to go out there and play and have fun and not really think about the past week.”
The Pioneers are coming off a championship season for the first time since 2011.
“Setting the bar early in the season is critical for success and I think we achieved that last week and are ready to roll into this week,” said Pelley.
Sacred Heart returns to the course on Sept. 19 and 20 at the Hartford Invitational at the Bulls Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, Conn., before heading to upstate New York to compete in the Autumn Invitational in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Sacred Heart Athletics contributed to this article.