Golden Eagles Finish Tied For 10th at Gopher Invite
Sept. 13, 2010
WAYZATA, Minn. -- The Marquette University men's golf team picked up 13 strokes on Wisconsin to finish tied with the Badgers for 10th place overall at the Gopher Invitational with Monday's third-round score of 310.
"It was good seeing the guys battle back today," said first-year head coach Steve Bailey. "They didn't have their best stuff in the first two rounds on a tough, challenging golf course. But I felt we really responded toward the end. By no means are we satisfied with our performance, but I'm happy that we continued to battle down the stretch."
MU put together a team score of 935 over the two-day event, its first competitive tournament of the 2010-11 season, after opening Sunday with back-to-back rounds of 310 and 315.
Senior Kelly Kretz carded a 76 to lead the Golden Eagles in the final round from the par-72 Spring Hill Golf Club. Fellow senior Ben Sieg and junior Matt Haase each shot 77. Sieg was MU's top finisher tied for 21st place at 225 for the tournament (73-75-77). Kretz ended up at 234 followed by Haase at 237.
Only four players in the 60-person field finished under par for the tournament, led by medalist John Hahn of Kent State. Hahn, who finished at 10-under 206 (68-67-71), won by six strokes over Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelen. LSU cruised to the team title (869) over Kent State (880).
While it didn't necessarily reflect on cumulative team score, there were some highlights for the Golden Eagles. Sieg's 38 pars was the second-most behind LSU's Clayton Rotz, while three MU players -- Sieg, Kretz and newcomer Corey Konieczki -- finished among the top 15 individuals in par-3 scoring.
"We are going to take a lot of positive things from this tournament, but obviously there's progress to be made. It will be back to the grind on Wednesday."
Marquette will return to action Sept. 20-21, at the Cardinal Collegiate hosted by the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.
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