Underclassmen Lead Marquette Golfers at Cardinal Collegiate

Corey Konieczki

Sept. 26, 2011

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SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. -- Following a four-hour delay, sophomore Corey Konieczki(T8th) led the Marquette University men's golf team Monday afternoon in the first round of the Cardinal Intercollegiate. The tournament, which concludes Tuesday, has been shortened to 36 holes as a result of the weather delay.

"My iron game was top notch today," said Konieczki, who shot 70 and sits three strokes off the lead. "I didn't put myself into position to mess up. It was fairway, green, two putt, and my putting was pretty good when I needed a birdie."

Konieczki hit a wedge out of the right rough to the 10th green. He couldn't see the pin but said he knew where to aim and stuck it a foot and a half from the pin and tapped in from there. He proceeded to hit 17 of 18 greens on the day.

"Corey put himself in position to win the tournament title," said second-year head coach Steve Bailey, whose team is in 13th place (297) going into the final round, three strokes away from being tied for fifth.

"Hole locations will be tougher tomorrow, but if we play smart -- not conservative, but smart -- I think we have a very good chance to move up the leaderboard as team."

In his second collegiate event, freshman C.J. Swift (T22) shot a one-over-par 73 followed by Matt Haase and Michael Motzwho each shot 77 to round out MU's first-round team score.

"We did get a lot of rain and they had to cancel the first round, which was kind of upsetting," said Swift. "But the course was pretty soft, so we didn't get much roll on the fairways; however, we could get pretty aggressive with our lines."

Final results will be available tomorrow on GoMarquette.com.




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