MU Finishes 2nd at BIG EAST Championship
April 29, 2014
CALLAWASSIE ISLAND, S.C. - The Marquette golf team narrowed the St. John's lead to two at its closest point during the final round Tuesday, but the furious Golden Eagle rally fell short as the St. John's Red Storm claimed the 2014 BIG EAST Golf Championship.
Led by individual champion Ryan McCormick's 5-under par tournament (71-71-69) the Red Storm took home the conference title with a team score of 882, ten strokes ahead of second place Marquette (892). MU was guided by Junior Brandon Cloete who scored 5-over par (71-76-72) and finished tied for fourth.
Marquette boasted the most top-ten finishers with three, as Pat Sanchez 6th (74-77-71), and CJ Swift T7 (75-72-76), joined Cloete at the top of the leaderboard. The low score of the final round went to DePaul's Adrian Halimi who tied the tournament low round of 67.
Swift was paired with St. John's McCormick in the final group as the two battled it out all day. The comeback was almost complete when the lead was cut to four strokes with three holes remaining, but a bogey and then triple bogey for Swift on the final two holes secured the victory for the Red Storm.
"It was a great battle out there with Marquette - they really put a scare into us in the middle of the round," St. John's head coach Frank Darby said after seeing the Golden Eagles pull within two strokes on the back nine on Tuesday."
Georgetown completed the tournament with two golfers in the top-five as Gregory Podufal (T2) and Ed McCrossen (T4) helped the Hoyas to a fourth place finish. The DePaul Blue Demons came in at third place despite having no golfers inside the top-ten and Xavier, behind Yuki Kato (T2), rounded out the top five.
St. John's, who led from day one, clinches the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1989 as the remaining eight BIG EAST schools, including Marquette, conclude their 2013-2014 season.
The Golden Eagles will see sole senior Corey Konieczki leave in the summer as all golfers that competed in the spring will return next fall. The season was highlighted by a second place finish and an individual title for Nick Nelson at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic back in November.
T4. Brandon Cloete - 221 (71-76-74)
6. Pat Sanchez - 222 (74-77-71)
T7. CJ Swift - 223 (75-72-76)
13. Zach Gaugert - 227 (75-76-76)
T21. Nick Nelson - 232 (78-76-78)