Loxley, AL—The 2023-2024 Fall season for the Rutgers men’s golf concluded on Sunday with a seventh-place finish at the Steelwood Collegiate Invitational, hosted by South Alabama.
The Scarlet Knights finished 11-over-par for a total of 875 (302-289-284). Despite a slow start in the first round, RU rebounded and secured another top-10 placement, wrapping up the fall season with consistent top-10 finishes in every tournament.
“I think once we got through that first round, we got more comfortable and got into a good pace,” senior Rhett Sellers said. “That helped us have a little bit more success in the second and third round.”
Rutgers’s best round of the day came on the final round as the team would finish four-under 284. Each team member played a crucial role in the third round, contributing to RU having the second-best score of the day. Xavier Marcoux added six key birdies and Martín León made an eagle on the ninth hole to help the team climb the score charts on Sunday.
Xavier Marcoux led the Scarlet Knights, finishing tied for eighth place. He carded a two-under 214 (72-74-68) and earned his best finish of the season. The graduate student was consistent all weekend, finishing with 11 birdies throughout the weekend. Marcoux’s best performance was in the final round as he shot four-under 68 including making six birdies on the last 18 holes.
Sellers secured a tie for tenth place with a one-over-par finish of 215 (73-69-73). Playing in the Steelwood Collegiate Invitational for the first time in two years with a redesigned course, Sellers knew that he would need to make some changes to his game and used the previous week off to retool his game.
“Coach (Rob Shuute) has been a great help we’ve been really working on my putting the last couple of weeks and working on start lines,” Sellers said. “Just making sure we are getting the ball started on the line on impact when I work with Coach has been a great help. I think that paid off this weekend.”
Sellers showcased his consistency, earning a top-ten spot for the second-consecutive tournament and his 17 birdies were a tournament-best.
“For my second round I only had one par in the first ten holes, so it was a roller coaster,” Sellers said. “But this was one of those tournaments I wasn’t really aware of my score. I was just…