Golden Eagles Take Third At Erin Hills
Oct. 7, 2014
ERIN, Wisconsin - UCLA won the 2014 Erin Hills Intercollegiate after carding a third round score of 274 (-14) Tuesday. Marquette University finished in third place after holding off a charge from Northwestern and South Florida.
"We put ourselves in position on the final day," said head coach Steve Bailey. "Having our guys stick to the gameplan is what I am most proud of. It's about going out and sticking to what we've been doing all year long. To have contributions from everyone and be in competition down the stretch with some top 10 teams and to beat some of them was nice."
On a picturesque day at Erin Hills, which saw temperatures reach the mid-60s, scoring conditions were ideal for some of the top golfers in the country, as five of the 11 teams closed with rounds under par, including a 4-under 284 by Marquette.
Leading the way once again for the Golden Eagles was Brandon Cloete who finished T7 overall after a third round 70. Cloete has now finished in the top 10 in two consecutive tournaments. Pat Sanchez was not far behind as he recorded his fifth consecutive top-15 in a collegiate event by carding an even par 72 on day three to finish at 4-over for the tournament.
The strong individual play from the Golden Eagles continued with Nick Nelson who carded a third round 70 which helped him jump 11 spots to finish T18. Nelson made three consecutive birdies on holes three through five to jumpstart his round. Henry Klongland finished tied with Nelson after firing an even par 72.
Marquette also had superb play out of their individuals (who do not count towards the team score). Will Joiner shot a third round 72 to finish T21, his best career finish in a NCAA Division I event. Junior CJ Swift added a 2-under par 70 on Tuesday, highlighted by five birdies.
The shot of the day came at the drivable par 4 hole 15, measuring about 285 yards Tuesday. MU's Zach Gaugert hit his tee shot to within a foot and tapped in for eagle.
The 274 shot by UCLA set a single round team scoring record which was originally held by last year's champion, Stanford (280). UCLA's Jonathan Garrick shot a 6-under par 66 and had a chance to tie his own course record. However, Garrick was not able to convert his par putt and settled for bogey on the 18th.
An early charge by SMU put the Mustangs in the lead momentarily. However, UCLA continued their birdie barrage and were able to retake the lead. Marquette then was in a battle for third place between Northwestern and No. 7 South Florida until a run of birdies by the Golden Eagles on the back nine gave them a stronghold on third place.
Medalist honors went to Bryson Dechambeau, who finished the tournament at 4-under and beat UCLA teammates Manav Shah and Lorens Chan by a single shot.
South Florida's charge was fueled by Chase Koepka who was the second golfer on the day to card a 66 which was good enough for a T4 finish.
Marquette will take two weekends off before heading off to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate Oct. 25-26.
Erin Hills Intercollegiate
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