Golden Eagles Finish Tied For Sixth at Pacific Invite
Nov. 3, 2010
STOCKTON, Calif. -- The Marquette University men's golf team wrapped up its fall season Wednesday at the Stockton Sports Commission Pacific Invitational. Senior Kelly Kretz finished as the individual runner-up, closing with an 8-under-par 64 at Brookside Country Club, while the Golden Eagles concluded the three-day event tied for sixth overall.
Kretz led the field with 20 birdies for the tournament, including nine birdies during Wednesday's final round. He finished at 12-under 201, his lowest collegiate score by five strokes, three strokes behind medalist T.J. Bordeaux of host Pacific University, which also took home the team title.
"They have five electronic leaderboards placed throughout the course, so I could see the scores coming in," said Kretz. "I knew I was chasing T.J. and trying to catch him. I thought I would've had a chance coming into today, if I could shoot a 63 or 64. But he played well today, even though I played one of the best college rounds I've played in a long time."
Kretz's second-place finish matched the best finish of his career. He tied for second at the rain-shortened Marshall Invitational as a freshman. Later that year, Kretz shot a 206 at the Pacific Invitational, which was his previous low round at Marquette coming into this week's event.
"The Weather all week was 75 degrees and no wind, so we couldn't have had better conditions," said Kretz. "The course had four par-fives, which were all pretty accessible. If I'm driving the ball straight I'm able to overpower golf courses. I'm really happy with how I've played down the stretch this fall. I drove the ball extremely well the last two events and could have done some special things, if I could have putted better."
As a team, Marquette posted its best tournament score of the fall at 853, tied with Santa Clara and within a stroke of UC Davis (852) and two strokes behind Charlotte (851). MU's final round score of 279 was the second lowest team round of the day.
"We've talked all fall about staying focused, sticking with our game plan, playing with confidence and staying in the present," said head coach Steve Bailey. "We've made progress, but we're still not there. We need to do a better job of finishing off rounds. We still need to get all five of our guys going together, and that will be our goal for this spring.
Freshman Corey Konieczki carded two eagles on the back nine to get to 5-under on the day, but a quad on hole 17 and a bogey on 18 brought Konieczki back to even. Senior Ben Sieg and junior Matt Haase shot 71 and 73, respectively, on Wednesday. Sieg finished at 2-over 215 for the tournament -- tied for 21st overall -- followed by Haase at 218 and Konieczki at 219.
This was the final tournament of the fall season for the Golden Eagles.
"I really am looking forward to getting some good work done over the winter, because I think the guys are starting to see what they can do," added Bailey.
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