Men’s golf ranked first in A-Sun, 36th in the nation

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The Mercer men’s golf team has just completed their third event of the 2014 competitive season. The Bears defeated 13 teams on March 14 in the Seminole Intercollegiate, winning the tournament title and finishing with a team score of 856 shooting eight under.

Senior Hans Reimers placed second in the event, with senior James Beale trailing just behind in third place.

“It felt great. It was fun to go out and win as a team again,” said Reimers. “We know we can play with the best teams in the country so it was good to show that this last weekend.”

All five of Mercer’s competitors placed in the top 50 at the event contributing to the first place victory. The team currently has the first place rank in the Atlantic Sun Conference and is ranked 36th in the nation.

Reimers added, “Our ranking this season is way better than in years past. I do not remember Mercer ever cracking the top 70.”

Mercer’s junior Trey Rule was named A-Sun Conference Golfer of the Week Feb. 19 after medaling in the Suntrust Gator Invitational. This was Rule’s career best event scoring a 69, 70 and 67 in his three rounds of play.

Rule said, “It’s an honor and a blessing to be named the A-Sun Player of the Week. There are a lot of solid players in this conference and it’s exciting to be named as one of the best.”

This was Rule’s second top five finish of the season.

With only two events until the conference tournament the Bears are in competition everyday to get better. Rule contributed, “The team prepares for competition by putting ourselves in competitive situations. We play a lot of competitive matches together within the team and this helps simulate some of the pressures when we are playing in a tournament.”

Mercer will co-host the Linger Longer Invitational at Great Waters Golf Course in Eatonton, Ga. with Kennesaw State University on March 22.