Emory captures UAA title
Szem's strong play leads Eagles to championship
Sorrento, Fla.-- No. 20 Emory used an exceptional second-round performance on Sunday to bring home the program’s first University Athletic Association championship since 2008. This year’s 36-hole event was held at the 6,768-yard, par-72 Red Tail Golf Course.
The Eagles shot a final-day score of four-under 284, fourth-lowest in school history, to finish with a 586, two strokes of runner-up Rochester (299-289), who entered the final round three strokes ahead of Emory. Carnegie Mellon posted a third-place performance of 626 (317-309) while New York University was fourth at 633 (316-317).
Spearheading Emory’s Sunday effort was senior Nick Szem whose six-under 66 tied him for the lowest individual round in school history. Szem finished with a one-under 143 that was good for second place in the field behind Nicholas Palladino of Rochester who manufactured a four-under 140 (73-67), the best effort in UAA history. Senior Charles Raindre aided in Emory’s run to the title with a one-under 71 to finish at 145, tying for third. Junior Ryan Dagerman was the next Eagle on the scoreboard at 148 (76-72), good for fifth place and Michael Mullavey rounded out the team’s scorers with a 150 (75-75).
The first-place performance was extra sweet for Emory head coach Mike Phillips who was coaching in his final conference championship after announcing his plans to retire following the end of the season. The only golf coach that Emory has known since the program began in 1983, this weekend’s title marked the 13th time that Phillips has guided the Eagles to the UAA crown. Phillips, along with assistant coach John Sjoberg, was named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.
Szem, Raindre and Dagerman landed All-UAA First Team honors while Mullavey was a second-team performer.