Sept. 29, 2009
Final Results (PDF)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The Marquette University men's golf team participated in its first tournament of the 2009-10 season with a final round score of 301 Tuesday at the Kansas Invitational at Alvamar Golf Club.
"Looking at the statistics, we have some guys who have put up some good numbers thus far in their college careers," said head coach Tim Grogan. "They need to draw on their experiences and step it up. We will have some spots to compete for, and I'm looking for someone to step up and play under the gun."
After disappointing back-to-back rounds on the first day of the tournament in which MU tallied a team score of 627, the Golden Eagles responded by shaving 15 strokes off of Monday's second-round total of 316.
Junior Ben Sieg closed with a two-under-par 70 to help lead Marquette on the last day of competition. Sieg played well throughout the event, according to Grogan, but a few mistakes on day one cost Sieg a potential top-15 finish.
"I think Ben played well today," said Grogan. "He hit it pretty solid overall. Looking back at his first round when he shot 77 -- hadn't he lost a couple of balls in the leaves, he could have had a really good round."
Sieg finished in a tie for 35th place. Junior Kelly Kretz was Marquette's top player with a 228 (79-73-76) to place 30th overall. Kretz and sophomore Matt Haase both fired a final-round 76.
"I was a little disappointed in our short game," said Grogan. "That's what we stress and that's what we spend a lot of time practicing. The greens were difficult, which made it difficult getting up-and-down, but all of the teams out here had to deal with that."
Oklahoma captured the team title -- finishing two strokes better than runners-up Missouri, Louisiana-Lafayette and host Kansas -- with a team score of 886. Kansas' Nate Barbee earned medalist honors at five-under 211 (74-69-68).
"The good thing about a tournament in golf is it shows you where you are at," said Grogan. "This here was a good test of golf this week. We have to get better, and we know what we have to improve on."
Marquette will return to action Oct. 5-6 at the Xavier Invitational in Loveland, Ohio.
Golf Course: Alvamar Golf Course
T30) Kelly Kretz, 228 (79-73-76)
T35) Ben Sieg, 230 (77-83-70)
T61) Matt Haase, 236 (77-83-76)
T66) Mike McDonald, 238 (79-78-81)
69) Ryan Prickette, 239 (78-82-79)
1) Oklahoma, 886
T2) Kansas, 888
T2) Missouri, 888
T2) Louisiana-Lafayette, 888
5) Illinois State, 890
6) Nebraska, 895
7) Houston, 902
8) Idaho, 907
9) Seton Hall, 911
10) Oklahoma City University, 921
11) Western Kentucky, 925
12) Marquette, 928
13) UMKC, 928
14) South Dakota, 957