MU, Kretz Tied For Second At USF Invite

March 6, 2009

DADE CITY, Fla. -- The Marquette University men's golf team opened its spring season today at the Ron Smith USF Invitational where the Golden Eagles are tied with Louisville for second place following round one of the 54-hole event held at the par-72 Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club.

Sophomore Kelly Kretz shot a five-under 67 to pace MU on day one and is currently tied for second place on the individual leaderboard.

Starting on hole eight this morning, Kretz birdied his first two holes before falling back to even on the scorecard following back-to-back bogeys. He then birdied hole 18 and carded an eagle on the 549-yard hole two to get to three-under before birdying his last two holes.

Senior Mike Van Sickle, a two-time winner of the event, is tied for 13th place at two-under 70. Red-shirt freshman Matt Haase also scored under par with a one-under 71. Van Sickle's seven birdies matched him with four other players for most birdies in round one. Haase carded three birdies and two bogeys and currently sits among the top 20 individuals.

Only six strokes separate the top 12 teams in the 23-team field following day one. Missouri State leads with a team score of 280, while Eastern Michigan, Texas Tech, Florida Southern and Austin Peay are tied for fourth, just one stroke behind the Golden Eagles.

Second-round action will begin Saturday at 6:45 a.m. CT. Live scoring will be available throughout the tournament.

Ron Smith USF Invitational
March 6, 2009 (Round 1)
Dade City, Fla.
Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club
7,153 yards, par 72

Team Scores
1) Missouri State 280
T2) Marquette 283
T2) Louisville 283
T4) Eastern Michigan 284
T4) Texas Tech 284
T4) Florida Southern 284
T4) Austin Peay State 284
T8) Missouri 285
T8) Columbus State 285
T8) Arkansas State 285
T11) Middle Tennessee State 286
T11) Baylor 286
T13) Troy University 289
T13) Jacksonville State 289
15) South Alabama 292
T16) Louisiana-Monroe 294
T16) Xavier 294
18) DePaul 296
19) USF 300
20) Connecticut 301
21) Seton Hall 308
22) Rhode Island 309
23) Cincinnati 314

Marquette Individuals
T2) Kelly Kretz 67
T13) Mike Van Sickle 70
T21) Matt Haase 71
T74) Ben Sieg 75
T74) Dustin Schwab 75




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