Cloete, Sanchez Lead Golden Eagles at Badger Invite

Brandon Cloete has posted top-five finishes in two of his last four collegiate events.
Sept. 30, 2014

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VERONA, Wisconsin - Marquette University senior Brandon Cloete (T5) and junior Pat Sanchez (T10) posted top-10 finishes as the Golden Eagles men's golf team placed fifth out of 13 teams Tuesday at the Badger Invitational held at University Ridge Golf Course.

Cloete, highlighted by a second-round 70, carded a 54-hole score of 217 and posted his second top-five finish since he tied for fourth at the 2014 BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship last spring. Sanchez meanwhile hasn't placed lower than 11th in each of his last four collegiate events, including the team's first three tournaments this fall.

"This week, I felt really calm and in control of what I wanted to do," said Cloete, who led the field in par-5 scoring this weekend. "All-around, it was my best ball-striking tournament round-to-round. I'm really proud of Nick [Nelson] and Pat again. They just keep coming through for us in the events. This time I was able to pull through, but we're waiting for that round where all four of us or five of us our in it, and that's when something's special is going to happen."

Paced by Sanchez, who was the clubhouse leader at the conclusion of round one and was 8-under for the tournament through his first 24 holes, the Golden Eagles sat in second place behind eventual champion Sam Houston State after the first two days before ultimately slipping three spots.

"Overall, it was a top-five finish and we beat some good teams," said head coach Steve Bailey. "Both [Cloete and Sanchez] were in position today to win the golf tournament. So that's exciting. We'll build off that momentum. We just have to fine-tune some things and find some support for our top three guys.

"From what I saw, it was just a lot of sloppy play, mainly in our short game," Bailey added. "Maybe, when you get a little behind, you tend to try and make some things happen. We had some potential birdie situations turn into three-putts and then just missed opportunities to get balls up-and-down."

Sam Houston State (871) held off a late charge by Iowa State (872), which shot a tournament-low 282 Tuesday, to win the event by one stroke, followed by USC Upstate (880) and Toledo (889), which best the Golden Eagles by a single stroke.

Also of note, Nelson finished tied for 22nd place and freshman Trevor Thomas (T20), who played as an individual, posted his first collegiate top-20 finish after closing with an even-par 72

Marquette stays home this weekend to host the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, Oct. 5-7, for the second straight year at Erin Hills Golf Course, site of the 2017 U.S. Open.

Badger Invitational
University Ridge Golf Course
Verona, Wisconsin
Par 72

Marquette Individuals
T5. Brandon Cloete - 217 (72-70-75)
T10. Pat Sanchez - 219 (68-75-76)
T22. Nick Nelson - 224 (72-75-77)
T54. Henry Klongland - 233 (75-81-77)
T60. Zach Gaugert - 236 (81-79-76)
T20. Trevor Thomas (I) - 223 (76-75-72)
T40. Will Joiner (I) - 229 (76-81-72)
T76. Garrett Loomis (I) - 250 (78-81-91)

Team Standings
1. Sam Houston State - 871
2. Iowa State - 872
3. USC Upstate - 880
4. Toledo - 889
5. Marquette - 890
6. Wisconsin - 893
7. Charleston Southern - 897
8. Kansas - 899
T9. Illinois State - 916
T9. Bowling Green State - 916
11. Rutgers - 919
12. Drake - 923
13. Bradley - 925




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