Kretz Closes with Final Round 68 at Xavier Invitational

Oct. 6, 2009

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LOVELAND, Ohio -- Marquette junior Kelly Kretz closed with a four-under-par 68 Tuesday in the third round of the Xavier Invitational to help lead the Golden Eagles to a third-place team finish at Oasis Golf Club. Kretz placed fifth individually -- the best finish of his collegiate career -- at six-under 210 (71-71-68).

It was the best finish for Kretz since he placed tied for seventh at the BIG EAST/MAC Challenge as a freshman.

Senior Mike McDonald was the only Marquette player to shoot under par during Tuesday's final round. McDonald fired one-under 71 Tuesday to finish the two-day event at 210 (70-73-71) and tied for 10th place on the individual leaderboard.

Matt Haase was tied for fourth following the first 36 holes, pacing Marquette with back-to-back scores of 71 and 70, respectively. But the MU sophomore shot 75 Tuesday to fall back into a tie for 15th place at even-par 216 (71-70-75).

McDonald and junior Ben Sieg both carded a two-under 70 to open the tournament as Marquette led the 12-team field following the completion of Monday's first round. But the Golden Eagles trailed Akron by two strokes at the end of the day.

Led by Johan Eriksson's low-round 66 Tuesday, Eastern Kentucky (856) was able to move ahead of the Golden Eagles who finished at 858 (282-287-289). Akron (849) held on to capture the team title by seven strokes. Marquette finished ahead of host Xavier (862) by four strokes.

Coincidentally, the Golden Eagles will travel to Akron, Ohio for the Firestone Intercollegiate for their next event next week. The two-day tournament will begin with 36 holes on Monday, Oct. 12, at Firestone Country Club, annual site of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Xavier Invitational (final results)
October 6, 2009
Loveland, Ohio -- Oasis Golf Club
Par 72, 6,921 yards

Marquette Players
5) Kelly Kretz, 210 (71-71-68)
T10) Mike McDonald, 214 (70-73-71)
T15) Matt Haase, 216 (71-70-75)
T24) Ben Sieg, 218 (70-73-75)
T51) Ryan Prickette, 228 (74-74-80)

Team Standings
1) Akron, 849
2) Eastern Kentukcy, 856
3) Marquette, 858
4) Xavier, 862
5) Ball State, 863
6) DePaul, 869
7) Bowling Green State, 874
T8) Dayton, 877
T8) Austin Peay, 877
10) Ohio University, 878
11) Marshall, 893
12) Princeton, 903




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