OKATIE, S.C. - Marquette rallied from a 17-stroke deficit entering the final round and held off Seton Hall on the final hole to claim the 2017 BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship, while freshman Matthew Bachmann shot a final round even par 72 to win individual medalist honors at Callawassie Island G.C.
The Golden Eagles (304-309-286-899) shot 3-under-par in the finale, while Bachmann's final round put him at a final score of even par (73-71-72-216) for the championship on the par 72, 69,83 yard course.
The championship for Marquette is its third overall (2008, 2015) and second at Callawassie Island. The Golden Eagles will learn their NCAA Championship regional site on Thursday, May 4 when the Golf Channel airs the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship Selection Show at 11 a.m. CT.
Bachmann, who earned his first collegiate win, is the third MU player to win a BIG EAST Individual Championship - Ted Gray (2008) and Pat Sanchez (co-champion, 2015) are Marquette's past individual medalists.
Marquette entered the final round in a tie with Butler for third place, trailing both leader DePaul and second place Seton Hall by double-digits. Seton Hall (36-over-par) and Marquette (35-over-par) traded the lead over the final four holes.
Entering the final round tied for the lead at even par, but on the heels of a disappointing finish Monday with two bogeys on his final four holes, Bachmann was strong off the opening tee, as birdies on No. 1 and No. 3 dropped him to 2-under-par overall.
His move to three shots clear of the field was made on an eagle on the par 5 No. 6, which played as one of the course's toughest holes over the first two days. After a long drive and a fading approach shot that hit ten feet above the pin, Bachmann curled in his eagle putt to dip to 3-under-par for the tournament.
Trouble hit near the turn with a pair of bogeys on No. 7 and No. 9, including a narrow birdie putt miss on No. 9 that led to two additional putts.
But Bachmann made pars when it mattered on the back nine, and a birdie on No. 16 helped extend MU's lead to three with two holes left. He knocked in the winning putt on his fifth shot on No. 18.
Henry Klongland (76-79-72--227), playing in what could have been his final collegiate round, went even par in the final round. He posted a pair of birdies at No. 1 and No. 3 to come in at 1-under-par. He added another on the par 4 No. 13 to help MU in its run, before making four straight pars and a bogey to close the round and finish tied for 11th.
Freshman Matt Murlick (T-11, 79-79-69--227), who carded a pair of 79s over the first two days, tied for the low round of the day at 3-under-par, powered by three straight birdies on holes No. 11, No. 12 and No. 13. His birdie on the par 4 No. 16 moved him to 4-under-par on the back nine and pushed MU into the top spot.