Golfers Rally To Top-Three Finish

Freshman Trevor Thomas (T15) posted the best finish of his young MU career at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic after carding a 2-under 70 in the closing round Tuesday
Nov. 4, 2014

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KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina - The Marquette University men's golf team tied for third place at the 20-team Wendy's Kiawah Classic, rallying past five schools on the final day of the tournament Tuesday, as the Golden Eagles wrapped up their fall campaign with their second top-three finish of the season.

Along with a combined 23 final-round birdies from the team, freshman Trevor Thomas and junior Pat Sanchez led the charge at Turtle Point Golf Course. Both MU golfers closed with a 2-under-par 70. Thomas tied for 15Th place individually, the rookie's best finish in four collegiate events thus far.

"We were able to take advantage of perfect conditions and got off to a hot start," said Bailey, whose squad was 10-under through the first eight holes of round three. "A few loose shots produced some big numbers midway through the round, but the boys bounced back and finished strong. We picked up some big wins this week. It was a nice way to finish a successful fall season."

Thomas was followed by the tournament's defending medalist and MU teammate Nick Nelson (T19). Sanchez rebounded from a first-round 81 to shoot 71 during second-round action Monday. He finished tied for 23rd place. CJ Swift (T29) matched his opening-round score of 73 Tuesday to finish one stroke back.

The Golden Eagles' composite team score of 878 matched Missouri's three-day total. The Tigers were four strokes off the lead entering Tuesday's final round. Winthrop (864) hung on to capture the team title led by individual medalist Zach Seabolt (69-72-71) followed by runner-up Georgia Southern (868).

Marquette will spend some time in Central Florida at the end of February and again in early March practicing and playing exhibition events prior to the team's first scheduled competition of the spring which is set for April 10-12 at the El Macero Classic at El Macero Country Club in El Macero, Calif.

Wendy's Kiawah Classic
Turtle Point Golf Course
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Par 72

Marquette Individuals
T15. Trevor Thomas - 220 (77-73-70)
T19. Nick Nelson - 221 (76-73-72)
T23. Pat Sanchez - 222 (81-71-70)
T29. CJ Swift - 223 (73-77-73)
T43. Zach Gaugert - 225 (75-75-75)

Team Standings
1. Winthrop - 864
2. Georgia Southern - 868
T3. Marquette - 878
T3. Missouri - 878
T5. Jacksonville State - 881
T5. GRU Augusta - 881
7. Presbyterian College - 885
8. USC Upstate - 886
9. Charleston Southern - 887
10. Richmond - 889
11. Radford - 890
12. Coastal Carolina - 891
13. Gardner-Webb - 895
14. George Washington - 904
15. Temple - 906
16. Creighton - 916
T17. Western Kentucky - 919
T17. High Point - 919
19. Appalachian State - 931
20. Bethune-Cookman - 939

 

 

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