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The Bruins bounced back after a rough showing in the first round to place seventh in their latest tournament at Doublegate Country Club.

“I’m not used to giving up,” Bruins’ captain Micah Gold said. “I never have, and I never will. After an embarrassing opening round, we wanted to go out there and play solid golf. We knew one bad round weren’t going to make the rest of them bad and that confidence and positive attitude was crucial in coming back.”

Matt Shannon recorded the Bruins’ first birdie of the day.

But after that, the Bruins had several bogies amid their inconsistent play.

The Bruins’ score as a team after the first round was 328 (Smith–79, Shannon–80, Counts–84, Gold–85, Robinson–85).

“The team played a solid first round,” Coach Dennis Scott said. “I wanted each of them to improve their scores in round two. This can be difficult to do when the first two rounds are played on the same day. Fatigue sets in, making it difficult to maintain mental focus and concentration.”

In round two, the Bruins improved by nine strokes with a team score of 319 (Gold–77, Shannon–77, Counts–82, Smith–83, Robinson–83).

This was a spectacular turnaround considering the difficulty of playing 36 holes of golf in one day.

In the third and final round, the Bruins improved even more.

Micah Gold birdied three of the last six holes helping the team finish with a 314 team score (Gold–74, Shannon–79, Smith–79, Counts–82, Robinson–89), which put the Bruins at seventh place.

Gold’s birdies helped him personally achieve 12th place overall in the tournament.

“I was extremely pleased that we improved our team score with each round,” Coach Scott said.

“It was a strong field of teams, and I feel like we are getting very close to being consistently competitive with some of these larger scholarship schools. We still need to build more depth into the program through recruiting a few more solid golfers, but I am pleased with what this group has been able to accomplish this spring season with the level of competition we have played.”

The Bruins’ last match of the spring season will be on April 9 at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Greenville.