Navy Finishes Third at Bulldog Florida Invitational
March 13, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Navy men’s golf team shaved 9 strokes off its first-round score to push up from fourth and finish the nine-team Bulldog Florida Invitational in third place. Played at the Windsor Parke Golf Club in Jacksonville, Fla., golfers were challenged throughout the tournament with wind gusts in upwards of 30 miles per hour and faced water hazards on 10 of the 18 holes, as it presented itself as one of the toughest courses Navy will face this year.
“It was extremely windy out on the course again today, but I thought our guys did a better job of managing the course and the weather,” said Navy head coach Pat Owen. “With the wind and the water hazards, it really put a premium on the accuracy of our shots and yesterday as a whole we struggled with our timing. I thought we improved upon that in today’s final round.”
Junior August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) began the final round in 13th place and close out the tournament in the same position after putting together a pair of 79s to post a 14-over par 158. Three of the remaining four players for the Mids improved upon their opening round scores and ironically all three turned in a 6-over par 78. Senior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) finished 16th and just a stroke behind Jonas (81-78=159), while classmate Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) improved 4 strokes from Wednesday first round and placed 17th with a 16-over par 160 (82-78).
Freshman Devin Terry (La Crosse, Wis.) saw the most improvement from the first and final rounds, as he opened the tournament with an 86 and bounced back to shoot a 78. Terry finished the tournament in 22nd place with a 20-over par 164. Rounding out the squad was junior Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) who shot an 85 in the final round to finish in 24th with a 165 (80-85).
Navy also fielded a second team, Navy Gold, which held stead in sixth place despite improving 8 strokes from the first round. Sophomore David Won (Bothell, Wash.) not only was the gold team’s best finisher, he was Navy’s overall low scorer with an 11-over par 155 that saw him finish in sole possession of seventh place. It was Won’s first career top-10 finish.
Meanwhile, junior Staton Pruitt (Columbia, S.C.) made the jump from 42nd to 28th in the final standings thanks to a final round 81 (87-81=168). Pruitt was joined by sophomore Zeke Shaffer (Radford, Va.) in 28th, as Shaffer also scored a 168 thanks to shaving 4 strokes off his opening-round mark of 86. Sophomore Garrett Moyer (Annapolis, Md.) played 32nd with a 169 (85-84), while team captain David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) finished 51st with a 183 (92-91).
Four Mids played as individuals with two of the four finishing among the top 20. Freshman Ben Allen (San Marino, Calif.) put together a 36-hole mark of 157 to tie for ninth in what was his best collegiate finish. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Connor Tallman (Lake Oswego, Ore.) slid back in the standings with a second-round 84, but managed a 19th-place finish with a 161. Meanwhile, tying for 39th in the final standings was junior Robert Zieser-Misenheimer (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) who moved up from 48th after carding an 82 in the final round. Sophomore Travis Beach (Dallas, Texas) also inched his way up from 53rd to 50th with a two-round 181 (93-88).
Butler took the team title with a 32-over par 608 (303-305), while Savannah State finished 14 strokes behind the Bulldogs in second with a 622 (308-314). While Navy shot a 25-over par 313 in the second round to push up to third in the stands with a 635 (322-313), Florida A&M struggled in the second round and fell behind the Mids by 10 strokes in fourth with a 645 (319-326). Meanwhile, Eastern Illinois fought its way to a fifth-place showing with a 657 (335-322).
Butler freshman Joey Arcuri claimed individual medalist honors with a 1-under par 143 (70-73).
Navy will return to the links on Sunday when it takes part in the Seahawk Intercollegiate which is hosted by UNC Wilmington and will be played at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington. The 54-hole tournament will feature Army, Campbell, Davidson, Delaware, East Tennessee State, Elon, East Carolina, Louisville, Navy, Ohio State, South Carolina, Wisconsin and UNC Wilmington. Action begins with an 8:45 am shotgun start on sunday.
### Go Navy ###