Marquette Golfers Advance to Semifinals of The Match Play
Feb. 11, 2011
LUTZ, Fla. - The Marquette University men's golf team opened its spring slate Friday with a pair of close victories at The Math Play, vaulting the Golden Eagles into the semifinal round of the two-day, 16-team event at TPC Tampa Bay.
Marquette won in a tiebreaker against Villanova in the team's opening match, and then earned the same result in a victory over Notre Dame as the sun set on the par-71, 6,898-yard track.
"We didn't play our best, but the guys fought hard and found a way to get it done," said first-year head coach Steve Bailey.
MU now awaits the winner of the Campbell vs. Kennesaw State matchup, which will be completed Saturday morning. Semifinal matches are scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. CT, followed by the tournament championship.
Tied at 2.5 to 2.5 following both of Friday's matches, the Golden Eagles advanced each time by virtue of winning the most total holes, combined across all five individuals.
Marquette prevailed thanks in large part to the outstanding play of junior Matt Haase, who won his individual matches at the No. 4 spot by margins of 3 & 1 and 4 & 3, respectively.
Sophomore Ryan Prickette finished the day by capturing a 1-up victory over his opponent from Notre Dame. Senior Kelly Kretz, playing at the top spot in the lineup, defeated Villanova's Brian Colbert, 2 & 1, in MU's only other individual win on the day.
"Haase really stepped up and carried us today," said Bailey. "Kelly wasn't sure he was going to play (injury) and was a game-time decision. He battled all day and picked up a huge win in his first match."
Saturday's final rounds, including The Match Play championship, will be played immediately following the semifinal and constellation rounds. Live scoring is not available for this event. Finals results will be posted on www.GoMarquette.com once available.
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