Marquette Golfers Wrap Up Play at BIG EAST Championship

April 19, 2011

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Senior Kelly Kretz shot a 3-under-par 68 and tied for sixth place at the BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship, leading Marquette University in the final round Tuesday from the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Club.

MU (904) finished tied for seventh out of 12 teams with a 297 on the last day to move up three spots in the standings as Kretz's third-round score was the low round of the tournament for the Golden Eagles.

"It wasn't the finish that we had planned, but it was nice to see us move up the leaderboard on the final day," said Marquette head coach Steve Bailey. "It was a heck of a way for Kelly finish, posting the first bogey-free round of his college career."

Adding three more birdies to the scorecard Tuesday, Kretz finished just six strokes off the lead with a 5-over 218 for the tournament. Freshman Michael Motz carded his lowest round of the three-day event with a 75. Senior Ben Sieg, who tied for 22nd overall, closed with a 77 as did freshman Corey Konieczki.

Notre Dame, led by individual medalist Max Scodro, posted a team total of 876 to claim the team title followed by runner-up Louisville (882).

Kretz and Sieg close their respective MU careers among the program's all-time leaders in several categories, including total rounds played, career scoring average and career rounds of par-or-better, among numerous other accolades. They were also both members of the 2007-08 squad that captured the first BIG EAST Conference title in school history.




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