After a weekend at the Big East tournament, the Hoyas will finally zip the hoods back on their golf bags, throw out their broken tees and air out their sweaty gloves at last.

The Georgetown men’s and women’s golf teams finished out their spring seasons this week, battling against tricky courses and unfriendly conditions. The women ended in fifth place, while the men played their way to an eighth place finish.

The women, competing at the Elks Run Golf Club in Cincinnati, came out strong in the first day of competition, with four golfers posting scores in the 70s despite the course’s difficulty. “It was a fair test,” women’s Head Coach Patty Post said. “There are some tricky holes, so no one’s scores were going to be particularly low.” Still, senior Katie Dwyer and junior Chelsea Curtis turned in Georgetown’s best rounds of the day, a pair of solid 4-over 76s. Senior Madeleine Nguyen and junior Carly Hunt came in next with matching scores of 78, and freshman Christine Curley carded a 12-over round of 84 to round out the Hoya fivesome. The Hoyas ended the day with a team total of 308 (20-over) and a spot in fourth place, 12 shots back from the leader, Notre Dame.

onday’s second round presented some trouble for Georgetown, as it dropped down to fifth place by the end of the day. Curtis led the way, bettering her day one score by two strokes with a 2-over 74. Hunt and Curley also grinded out improved rounds, carding a 3-over 75 and a 10-over 82. Dwyer and Nguyen, however, struggled in round two, failing to capitalize on their strong opening rounds. Dwyer turned in a 12-over 84 and Nguyen posted a 19-over 91. The Hoyas headed into Tuesday’s third round in fifth place at 47-over 623, with Notre Dame still leading the pack.

Dwyer finished out strong in the final round of the tournament, leading the Hoyas with a 2-over 74. Hunt and Curtis posted their third consecutive round in the 70s, turning in scores of 78 and 79, respectively. Curley carded a final round of 11-over 83, and Nguyen rounded out the team with a 12-over 84.

Despite the improved showing in the third round, the Hoyas did not manage to move themselves up in the team standings, finishing the tournament in fifth place. Notre Dame retained its lead on day three, winning the tournament by nine stokes over Louisville. The Hoyas did have two golfers in the top 10 in the individual standings, with Curtis tying for eighth and Hunt tying for 10th.

“Our finish gave us confidence for building next year,” Post said. “Chelsea and Carly are coming back, so we’ll have a very strong base next season.”

Further south, the Georgetown men competed in their own season finale at the Traditions Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Despite the finicky weather conditions, junior Tim Hager kicked off the tournament with an even-par round of 72 to lead the Hoyas on day one. Hager was followed by senior David Praet and junior Garrett Logan with a pair of 3-over 75s. Sophomore Vincenzo Salina and junior Patrick Sherry turned in matching rounds of 8-over par 80 to give the Hoyas a combined score of 14-over for the day and a spot in eighth place in the team standings.

On day two, Salina came roaring back from his disappointing first-round performance, leading the Hoyas with an even-par round of 72. Hager came in behind him with a 5-over 77, followed by Praet at 7-over 79. Logan and Sherry carded a pair of 80s to round out the team’s combined score for the day, a 20-over 308 that dropped the Hoyas from eighth place to 11th place in the team standings heading into Tuesday’s final round.

It all came together for Georgetown in the third round of the Big East. Hager ground out his best round of the tournament, a 1-under-par 71, to lead the team. Salina came in next with a 2-over 74, followed by Praet with a 76 and Logan with a 77. Sherry rounded out the Hoya quintet, posting his third consecutive round of 80.

Georgetown’s combined score of 298 was its best of the tournament and moved the team back up to an eighth-place finish. Marquette came away the winner, followed by Louisville and Seton Hall. Hager earned all-Big East honors, finishing in seventh place with a tournament score of 4-over 220.

With only Praet graduating, next year’s Hoyas seem poised to improve on this season’s success.

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