The NC State men’s and women’s golf teams both had their seasons cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and despite missing out on its last few tournaments, both teams had some special performances in the fall and spring. These are the top five moments from its 2019-2020 season.
The NC State men’s and women’s golf teams were set to finish their 2020 seasons on a high note. The men’s team had three tournaments left before postseason play and the women’s team had two tournaments remaining before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled all NCAA sporting events for the rest of the year.
Senior Christian Salzer has seen his play improve as time went on from an overall young NC State men’s golf team. He was excited to see how the end of his four years as a student-athlete would come down the stretch, but then COVID-19 shattered the country and the sporting world. The rest of his senior year was over in the blink of an eye.
The NCAA Division I Council announced Monday evening it had voted to “allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the ACC officially canceled the remainder of winter and spring sports activities, both competition and practice, for the 2019-20 school year in a press release, with hopes to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
On Thursday afternoon, the ACC “suspended all athletic related activities including competition, formal and organized practice, recruiting and participation in NCAA championships until further notice. The decision was made following consultation with the league’s presidents and athletic directors to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19.”
The NC State men’s golf team finished in tied eighth place out of 15 teams in the Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico while the women’s team finished a season-best sixth place out of 15 teams at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans last weekend.
Junior Monika Hartl had a career-best finish of second place at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The Germany native, after shooting an opening round of 73, put together rounds of 68 and 67 to finish at 8 under par and one shot behind Northwestern’s Irene Kim.
The NC State women’s golf team finished 13 out of 16 teams with a score of 3-over par at the UCF Challenge at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida for its first tournament of the spring.