PINEVILLE, Ky. - The Union men's golf put together an impressive two-day run to win the Bulldog Invitational by five strokes on Tuesday. The tournament also served as the Appalachian Athletic Conference Spring Tournament, and the Bulldogs nearly claimed the regular-season crown.
Heading into the tournament, Union trailed in the AAC standings by 19 strokes. The Bulldogs made up ground on Tennessee Wesleyan - the leader after the fall season, by firing a 296 in Monday's opening round. However, Milligan (Tenn.) began the tournament six back of Tennessee Wesleyan in second and played well enough to win the AAC regular-season championship.
Milligan captured the championship with a total tally of 1,223, while Union and Tennessee Wesleyann tied for second at 1,229. Close behind was Reinhardt in fourth with a total score of 1,230. Virginia Intermont placed fifth at 1,243 with St. Andrews (1,254), SCAD Atlanta (1,268) and Bryan (1,338) rounding out the field.
Union had three players earn all-conference honors. Thomas Scott (Musselburgh, Scotland) made the All-AAC First Team, while Garrett Bradley (Jellico, Tenn.) and Tim Cooper (Falmouth, Ky.) collected All-AAC Second Team honors.
As for the Bulldog Invitational, Union won with a total of 602. Reinhardt was second 607 with Milligan third at 609. Tennessee Wesleyan was fourth at 621.
In all, 11 teams competed.
Bradley took top individual honors, winning with a 146 to edge Reinhardt's Jeff Pickens by one stroke. Joining Bradley and Pickens on the All-Tournament Team were Stuart Balcombe of Cumberlands (Ky.), Keoni Vidrine of Tennessee Wesleyan, Louis Laviscount of Virginia Intermont and Scott.
Up next for Union is the AAC Championship/NAIA Direct Qualifer Tournament, which is being held on April 15-16 in Winchester, Tenn.