By: Michael Mills, Staff Writer
Towson travelled north this weekend for the Doc Gimmler Invitational at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York, and placed 13th out of 14 teams.
This marks the first tournament under first-year head coach Mike Larkin. Larkin was a member of the Towson golf team from 2002 to 2005. Before becoming the 11th head coach in program history, Larkin spent time coaching players from the high school to professional level.
This event served as the first taste of tournament experience at the collegiate level for a majority of Towson’s roster, as Larkin leads a team comprised of mostly underclassmen.
“It was great to finally get out there and see how the guys handle themselves in a tournament setting,” Larkin said.
Freshman Kobdech Rodrat led the way for the Tigers on the second day of play, recording a career low three-under 67. He finished the tournament with three birdies on the back nine.
Sophomore Spencer Alexander and junior William Bachelor also had solid performances, shooting even par on the front nine.
Alexander had birdies on the last two holes and Bachelor finished the day with a two-over 72.
Bachelor set the tone for his younger teammates on the first day of competition, leading the team with five birdies after just two rounds.
Rodrat had a strong showing as well. He registered three birdies in the first round, leading to a one-under 71.
Despite the loss, Larkin takes this tournament as a stepping stone for his team.
“It’s a great starting point for us as a team, and I think the biggest thing I saw was that we need to start to creating some good habits in order to get to where we want to be,” he said.
Towson will take what they’ve learned to Hartford, Connecticut, next week in the two-day Hartford Hawk Invitational at Bulls Bridge Golf Course.
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