April 16, 2017
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Oliver Farrell made a 10 spot jump with a final round 66 (6-under-par) en route to a third place finish and leading Marquette (289-295-290—874) to a tie for fifth place at the conclusion of the Hawkeye Invitational, hosted by Iowa at Finkbine G.C.
Farrell (70-74-66—210) matched his season-low round of 66 in the finale, matching the first round 66 he posted in the three-team, 36-hole Charleston Challenge in February. For Farrell, it was his best collegiate 54-hole event finish (3rd), his season-low 54-hole score, and Sunday’s final round 66 was the best of his career in a 54-hole event. Farrell was two strokes off his 54-hole career low of 208, set at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational in October of 2015.
His 6-under-par final round was best in the field on a day when the average player score was 74.19.
In making the move, Farrell teed off on No. 7 in the final round shotgun start and went bogey-free for the first 16 holes, moving to 5-under-par for the round with five birdies. He made bogey on the par-4 No. 5, his 17th hole in the final round, but finished the day with his eighth eagle of the season on the par-5 No. 6. Farrell entered the weekend 10th in the nation with seven eagle makes.
As a team, Marquette jumped two spots in the final round with a 2-over-par 290, the fourth-lowest final round score in the field. No MU player other than Farrell finished under par in the final round, but steady play throughout the card helped the good finish - on the back nine at Finkbine, MU combined for 32 par makes and six birdies as a team.
Texas Tech, which entered the week ranked in the top 15 in all power rankings and 12th in the Bushnell/Golfweek Poll, won the event (285-284-286—855). Iowa State’s Nick Voke (68-67-72—207) finished three strokes ahead of Farrell to take medalist honors.
The Golden Eagles led the 14-team field with 178 pars over three rounds - Charlie Maleki’s 41 par makes on 54 holes were tied for most in the 82-player field.
MARQUETTE TEAM SCORING - 289-295-290—874
3 - Oliver Farrell - 70-74-66-210
T30 - Matthew Bachmann - 74-69-77—220
T38 - Matt Murlick - 73-75-74–222
T46 - Charlie Maleki - 72-77-75—224
T55 - Henry Klongland - 74-77-75—226