The struggles for the Nittany Lion golfers continued on Sunday in Illinois, as they are dead last through almost two rounds of play in the seventeen-team field at the Windon Memorial tournament.
The tournament is currently suspended in the second round due to darkness, but the golfers might have welcomed the delay. The aggregate team score sits at a lofty 31-over-par, a far cry from the -13 that tournament leader No. 8 Arkansas has posted.
Senior Tommy McDonagh is the only Nittany Lion helping the team’s attempts to win. He has shot an even par through his first (almost) two rounds of play. Meanwhile, sophomore Shane Stewart (+9), freshman Xander McDonald-Smith (+10), junior Jay Woodward (+13), and senior Nick Archambault (+15) have not came through.
During the first round, rain suspended the tournament for over an hour. Because of the conditions, the golfers will pick up where they left off on Monday and then play the third and final round.
The Windon Memorial, hosted by Northwestern, presents Penn State’s best opportunity of the first half of their season to make a jump in the rankings. Not only does the Evanston Golf Club course on which the tournament is being played have a level of relative easiness, but many highly ranked teams like Arkansas and No. 22 UCLA are in the event.
Unfortunately, the golfers could not capitalize early and find themselves in a hole that is impossible to dig out of to reach that elusive first victory.
Check Tuesday's Daily Collegian for a full recap of the tournament with player reaction.