Oliver Farrell's 215 (1-under-par) is his best collegiate 54-hole score.
Oct. 6, 2015
ERIN, Wis. -- Senior Zach Gaugert posted a final round 71 (1-under-par) playing as an individual and Marquette climbed two spots on Tuesday to fifth place overall to close out the Erin Hills Intercollegiate.
For Gaugert, his final collegiate event at Erin Hills was one to remember - Gaugert’s 54-hole score of 215 (71-73-71), 1-under-par, is the best of his collegiate career.
“I learned that I can make birdies and really get it going on days when I’m playing well,” Gaugert said. “I’ve been working so hard recently on making my bad rounds not so bad - at the other end of the spectrum, the good rounds for me weren’t quite getting where they should be. This week I proved that I can do that better.”
Gaugert was paced this week by his scoring on par-5 holes, where his 5-under-par score for the tournament was fourth-best in the field.
“It was important to put myself in good position off the tee and be smart about when I should go for a green in two, or just lay up,” Gaugert said. “When I did lay up, I put the ball in the middle of the greens and made my birdies.”
Joining Gaugert with a good result this week was freshman Oliver Farrell - playing in his first Erin Hills Intercollegiate, he produced a season-best 215. After shooting an opening round 69 (3-under-par), Farrell closed his tournament with a pair of 73s to post MU’s best score in the five-man lineup and finish tied with Gaugert for eighth place.
SMU, which has spent time in the national rankings this season, bested No. 4 Oklahoma State by two strokes to win the team championship with a 13-under-par score of 851. The Mustangs have taken part in the Erin Hills Intercollegiate each season since the event began in 2013.
UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick, the 46th-ranked amateur in the world, picked up his first medal in his third trip to Erin Hills, capping his weekend with a final round 69 to finish at 10-under-par (206). Garrick was five shots better than Mequon native Jordan Niebrugge of Oklahoma State, who finished tied for fourth at 5-under-par (211). Niebrugge entered the tournament as the 16th-ranked amateur in the world.
The No. 13 Bruins finished third at 7-under-par (857) as a team.
“It was a great event and ended on a nice day - we had some good scoring this week and that’s attributable to the quality of the teams here this week,” Marquette coach Steve Bailey said. “It’s fun to make birdies, and we played with the yardage and tee locations enough to make it fun, but challenging. Any time you get to play on a U.S. Open venue, it’s really special for the teams and players.”
Marquette hosted the Erin Hills Intercollegiate for the third time - Erin Hills Golf Course is the site of the 2017 U.S. Open.
“This place is a special one,” Gaugert said. “This place leaves me nothing but good memories - today was a great way for me to finish it up.”