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Hulsey paces sixth-place Owls at Hershey Cup

HERSHEY, Pa. — Playing in their penultimate outing of the 2022-23 regular season, the Kenyon College golf team earned their third-best finish of the year at the Hershey Cup. The Owls secured sixth place at the conclusion of the two-day, two-round tournament in Hershey, Pennsylvania, after posting a team total of 621 (+53).

The Cup took place at Hershey Country Club East, a 6526-yard, par-71 course. The University of Rochester hosted the 15-team tournament, finishing second (611, +43) behind Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (608, +41) in the team standings. York College (PA) (614), Wittenberg University (615), and Franklin & Marshall College (620) rounded out the top five. 

The Owls tied for fifth in the team standings after one round after compiling a score of 313. Kenyon shaved five shots off its round-two total, carding a 308 and finishing sixth at the tournament’s end. Individually, two Owls placed within the top 20 golfers. Will Hulsey, Kenyon’s No. 4 man, led the way with a total of 153, tying for 11th in the player standings. Garrett Thesing was just two strokes behind, and his 155 total tied for 16th overall. 

Just four strokes separated Kenyon’s top four finishers as Griffin Ward (156) tied for 23rd and Armand Ouellette (157) tied for 28th. Graham Nash, golfing in the No. 1 spot, rounded out the Owls participants with a two-day total of 168 after rounds of 81 and 87.

Hulsey had the Owls’ low round of the Cup after shaving a stroke off his 77 in round one to score 76 in round two. Thesing (78, 77) and Ward (79, 77) also carded 77s, while Ouelette went for 79 and 78.

Hulsey led the Owls and tied for fifth overall with five birdies, while Thesing and Ouellette booked four apiece. Kenyon finished with 15 birdies as a team, finishing in a five-way tie for the second-best mark. Thesing tied as the third-best par-3 player, averaging 3.25 (+2). On par-4s, Hulsey’s 4.14 (+3) average was tied for the second-lowest in the field. Par-5s gave Kenyon some trouble, while Ward was one of the Cup’s most consistent golfers with 23 pars, tying for second overall.

Kenyon has one more outing on the regular-season schedule before the start of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. The Owls will head back to Pennsylvania on April 17 for another two-day, two-round outing as part of the ACC Cup in Sewickley at the Allegheny Country Club.

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