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Xavier Magazine | December 12, 2017

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Off the Tee

Each year for the last 14 years, the University’s men’s golf team has lowered its collective stroke average—sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. And as its strokes have gone down, its ranking has gone up, culminating in the team now being ranked among the nation’s best. In September, it ranked as high as No. 2 nationally, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. At the end of the fall season, the team ranked 22nd in the nation.

The team finished second in the Mid Pines Intercollegiate tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., won the 15-team Northern Intercollegiate golf tournament at the University of Michigan and finished second in the 49er Collegiate Classic golf tournament in Charlotte, N.C.

The team also has been shattering school records, breaking the single-round score of 275 and the two-round score of 558. With the spring season still to be played, the team stroke average of 288.68 is on its way to breaking the school record of 295.37. Four of its top five golfers average below 73 strokes per round. And three golfers each recorded a hole-in-one this fall.

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