Panthers open fall schedule with fifth place finish at Rhodes tournament

Panthers open fall schedule with fifth place finish at Rhodes tournament

Courtesy of LaGrange Daily News
The windy, cool, and basically miserable conditions didn't seem to bother LaGrange College golfer Hudson Keener. Keener, a senior from Dalton, finished his stay at a tournament in Mississippi with a 72 on Monday, giving him the runner-up spot.

Keener's high finish helped the Panthers finish fifth out of 21 teams in the Rhodes College Men's Fall Classic in Tunica, Miss., which is about a half-hour from Memphis. Six of those teams are ranked in the top-10 in NCAA Division III.

"It was a nice little  trip," LaGrange College coach Lee Richter said. "We had

some guys play really well. It was a nice start to the season."

The Panthers opened with a 307 on Sunday, leaving them in third place, 10 shots

off the pace. They fell back a bit on Monday with a 312, but it was nonetheless an impressive

performance against an elite field.

"We didn't play as well (Monday) as we did (Sunday), but we played well enough

to beat some good teams," Richter said. "We're satisfied. It was a successful

trip. I'm glad we came over."

No one player better than Keener, who is looking to build on his terrific

2009-1010 season. Keener shot a 73 in the first round before closing with a 72. Keener came into the final round six strokes off the pace, and he finished two back.

"Hudson had a long way to go to catch him, and he almost caught him," Richter

said. "The holes ran out on him. He played really well."

Freshman Taylor Wynn, who shot an 81 in his first collegiate round on Sunday, posted a 78 in the second round. Adam Garrett, a senior from Troup High, posted his second straight 79 on Monday, and Hunter Keener rounded out the scoring with an 83, Hunter Keener shot a 74 in the first round. Brian Moore had back-to-back rounds of 85.

The Panthers will continue their fall season Oct. 10-11 in a tournament in

Greensboro, N.C.