WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- Fresh off a National Tournament appearance last season, expectations are high for John A. Logan's men's golf team, who teed off this past Friday, Aug. 30.
The Volunteers made their first appearance in the Region 24 opening tournament at the Franklin County Country Club in West Frankfort, Ill., with one of their golfers, a Mount Carmel alum, performing exceptionally well out of the gate.
Former Aces standout Blake Golden, who now is a sophomore and golfs at John A. Logan College, won medalist honors, finishing with the best score of the day.
Golden finished the day with an even par score through 36 holes, scoring a 69 (-2) in the first outing and a 73 (+2) in the second outing on the par 71 course.
As a team John A. Logan finished with the best 36 hole score of the day, totaling a 576 team score, including four of their golfers placing in the top five individual performers of the outing. Teammate Keaton Simpson finished just two strokes behind Golden, placing Simpson second in the outing (+2).
It was an Aces reunion of sorts at the tournament, with Golden reuniting with three of his former teammates from the Mount Carmel 2017 boys golf team that finished third place in state. The three teammates, freshman Wade Ruth of Lincoln Trail, sophomore Dawson Brown of Rend Lake, and sophomore Brayden Peterson of Lincoln Trail.
"It's always fun to compete against and catch up with former teammates." Golden spoke of reuniting with his former teammates.
Golden's Vols rank 18th in NJCAA Division I Men's Golf according to Golfstat.com's rankings, with six Vols ranked inside the top 150 golfers nationally. Golden's ranked the second highest of the Vols, checking in at the 101st spot in the rankings.
Though he's clearly thrilled with such an opener to the season, Golden says he and his Vols have high expectations for the year. With the abundance of talent the Vols have, they're looking to return to the National Tournament in Odessa, Texas.
"I'm really looking forward to this season because we've got a very talented team this year and I'm excited to see what we can do come postseason."
Golden and the Vols will continue action against when they travel to compete against a host of NCAA Division I schools in the Murray State University Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 8. Tee time is set for 8 a.m.