MU Third at BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship

Pat Sanchez went 1-under-par on the back nine to put MU within striking distance heading into the final round.
April 27, 2015

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OKATIE, S.C. -- Solid second round performances by Brandon Cloete (T-5, Even par 72) and Pat Sanchez (T-5, 1-over-par 73) steadied Marquette to the third-place spot on moving day at the 2015 BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship at Callawassie Island Golf Course on Monday.

The Golden Eagles (304-297--601) entered round two in fourth place after battling difficult scoring conditions on day one. On Monday, the scoring average for the field fell by more than a shot from 78.16 to 77.00.

"Pat and Brandon put together solid back nines and moved us up the board," coach Steve Bailey said.  "I'm especially proud of Brandon, battling back after a big number to shoot even par.  We put ourselves in the final pairing on the last day and are ready to compete for a championship."

Marquette, which teed off in the second grouping before leaders DePaul, Georgetown, and Xavier, got off to a hot start by playing the first three holes at 1-under-par to pullwithin two shots of first round leader DePaul.

Cloete led the charge for the Golden Eagles by playing the first seven holes at 1-under-par. However, a triple bogey on the par-3 eighth hole put him at 2-over-par thru nine holes. Back-to-back birdies on the par-5 11th and par-3 12th sprung Cloete to even par for the day and into a tie for sixth, pushing the Marquette into third place. Cloete continued his climb as players ahead of him fell back and he finished the day five spots up from Sunday in a tie for fourth, at 2-over-par for the championship.

Sanchez, who shot a 1-over-par 73 and was sixth after the opening round, went out with a 2-over-par 38, but was able to remain in the top 10 at the turn. He bogeyed the par-3 12th, but closed out the round with birdies on the par-4 16th and par-5 17th to finish with a second consecutive 73, which helped the Mazatlan, Mexico native climb into a tie for fourth, alongside Cloete.

Nick Nelson (15, 3-over-par 75) and CJ Swift (T-34, 5-over-par 77) rounded out the scoring for MU which added up to a team score of 297 (+9).

MU pulled away from its playing partners, Creighton and St. John's, finishing the day better than 10 strokes ahead of the group and moving eight shots behind the lead.

The No. 2 seed Blue Demons from DePaul continue to lead the tournament, posting a low-team score for second consecutive day (7-over-par, 294). Xavier sits in second, trailing DePaul by six shots, followed by Marquette at eight strokes back.

Xavier's Jose Montano, the top-seeded individual entering the BIG EAST Championship, shares the lead with St. John's Dylan Crowley with a two-day total of 144 (even par).

The Golden Eagles will look to replicate their previous final round results from this season in the state of South Carolina, at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic, where they tallied 23 total birdies and moved past five schools, erasing a six-stroke deficit to finish in a tie for third.

MU will have the benefit of teeing off with DePaul and Xavier in Tuesday's final round of the BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship, with the first threesome teeing off at 7:50 a.m. CT. For complete tee times, visit




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