November 9, 2004
The Cumberland University Men's Bulldog Golf team went out in style last week as they finished their fall season at the Christian Brother's University Fall Classic at Colonial Golf Club in Memphis. The team fired a 304-301 to outpace the second place CBU Bucs by 8 shots on their home turf.
Individually Junior Mike Shinn won this his third college tournament with a two round total at even par 173 and injured Senior Barry Conatser took third with a two round total of 147. Senior Ryan Sprouse and first year sophpmore Cole Brazier finished at 155 and 156 respectively. Freshman Shane Vinson and Junior Jason Personius had it a little rough with total of 160 and 164.
Coach Wade Conway who is stepping down as head coach after this semester said "You know it makes me want to hang around and see how these guys fair at the Regional Tournament this year. We go out our last two events in 2nd and first and we did not even play our best game. I knew these guys had it in them all along, but they just hadn't put it all together. We had some good practices the last few weeks and I stressed how important it was to have a great short game to fall back on when the ball striking goes due to the rain and bad weather we play in or just when it gets a little rusty.
Some of these guys took it to heart including Shinn who only hit 9 greens in route to his second day round of 2 under. I really think this team could be one of the few if not the only golf team from Cumberland to go to and even contend for a national championship. They just have to keep focused on the goal and let it give them the energy and passion to keep working hard. I can't leave out Conatser who played with a torn meniscus. He really showed some heart, and Brazier who only playing in his second college tournament who decided to try golf in college instead of basketball where he was heavily recruited finishing one shot out of the top twelve is pretty impressive. This team has depth and will only get better in years to come."