Closing Statement

Closing Statement

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – After a fourth place finish in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association's 36-hole event to close the fall season, Albion College is left wishing there were more rounds to play.

Despite a 632 total in the two-day event, Albion finished two strokes behind Adrian College in the chase for fifth place in the final league standings after six rounds. The Bulldogs accumulated 1,885 strokes in the 108 holes played this fall, while the Britons total stood at 1,887.

"It hurts to fall two strokes behind Adrian," Coach Jordan McArleton said. "It is a good reminder to the players that every stroke counts. We were rounding into the right form, but there is a lot to build on moving forward."

Matt Falls and Connor Maddalena tied for 14th on the individual leaderboard with rounds of 79 and 77 for 36-hole totals of 156.

Justin Leeds turned in Albion's low score Saturday with a round of 76. He had a 158 total for the weekend.

Jim Chapman completed Albion's team score with rounds of 79 and 84 for a 163 total.

More importantly than the team finish was Maddalena's selection for the MIAA's Sportsmanship Award.

"Connor exemplifies what the award is all about," McArleton said of the senior from Jackson, Mich. "He's been hard working, considerate of playing partners and teammates and a real adherent to the rules. We've been proud to have him here for four years."