NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Belmont men's golf team hopes to improve on their play from the fall and aim for a conference title as they begin their spring season later this month.
The young squad, made up of five freshman and sophomores and two upperclassmen, posted four top-10 finishes during the fall campaign. Their best finish came at the Pinetree Intercollegiate in October, where they placed sixth.
Leading the way for BU is freshman Nate Thomson and sophomore Daniel Booker. Thomson, a native of Greendale, Wisconsin, leads the team with a 74.7 scoring average. He has three top-25 finishes in five events, including a tie for fifth at the Trevecca Fall Invitational and a 13th place finish at the Pinetree Intercollegiate.
Booker, a 2016 OVC All-Freshman honoree, ranks second on the team in scoring at 75.0. He posted two top-25 finishes in the fall including a 21st place showing at Marshall in September.
The spring schedule will present a challenge for the Bruins. They start the season on February 20-21 at The Invitational at Savannah Harbor in Georgia. After a two-week break, the Bruins travel to North Carolina for the Pinehurst Intercollegiate on March 10-12 and then, a week later, compete at Tennessee Tech's Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate on March 19-21 in Sevierville, Tennessee.
The month of April sees the squad compete in the Nashville area in consecutive weeks. On March 31-April 2, BU returns to play in the prestigious Mason Rudolph Championship hosted by Vanderbilt. This event, played at Franklin's Legends Club, always features some of the top teams in college golf. A week, later, on April 10-11, they compete in the inaugural Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate at Nashville's Richland Country Club.
The season wraps up on April 24-26 at the OVC Championship, held for the fourth consecutive year at The Shoals Golf Course in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.