National golf results for Spartan men

Oliver Pearson, at left, and Reinhardt Saunderson, at right
Oliver Pearson, at left, and Reinhardt Saunderson, at right

Spartan golfers Oliver Pearson, freshman of Melbourne, Australia, and Reinhardt Saunderson, freshman of Whangaparaoa, Auckland, New Zealand, competed in the NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship, from May 21-24, at Glen Lakes Golf Club  in Foley, AL. Saunderson finished in 69th place and Pearson finished in 113th place, in a field of 131 total players.

Saunderson finished with a 310, which was 14 strokes off of All-American. An individual score of 280 won the title. Pearson missed the cut implemented for day four due to the weather. 

North said the two student-athletes were disappointed in how they played, but he considers it a huge invidual accomplishment for each of them to qualify.

“They have been my leaders since day one, even as freshmen,” said North. “Finishing all-region, coming home with tournament wins, and earning national championship expereince will be invaluable in the future. The 2018-19 season has the making to be special.”

The leaders of the Spartans will both be back for the 2018-19 campaign and look to lead a very talented Southwestern golf team. These two will join fellow national qualifier Bianca Findlay, freshman of Hopper Crossing, Australia, as returning Spartans with national championship experience under their belts.