Mids Place Second at Navy Spring Invitational
April 19, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy men’s golf team (301-291=592) turned in the second-lowest round of the weekend with a 7-over par 291 on Sunday, however it would not be enough to catch Towson (296-288=584) who edged the Midshipmen by eight strokes to claim the 2014 Navy Spring Invitational team title. The Tigers carded the lowest round of the 36-hole tournament by posting a 4-over par 288 on Sunday to become the 20th different winner in the tournament’s 35-year history.
Navy began Sunday’s final round in third place, five strokes behind the leaders Towson and Saint Francis University. While both Towson and Navy managed to improve upon their opening-round marks, Saint Francis shot a 16-over par 300 in the second round and dropped to third with a 28-over par 596. Meanwhile, Cornell (303-298=601) edged Saint Joseph’s (302-300=602) by one stroke for fourth place.
Towson’s Joe Gunerman shot a 2-under par 69 in the final round to successfully defend the individual title. Gunerman took individual medalist honors a year at the Navy Spring Invitational with a 2-over par 144, but returned to shoot a 3-under par 139 this season. Gunerman joins Navy’s Ben Hayes (2008, ‘10, ‘11) and Penn State’s Dirk Ayers (1995, ‘96) as the only multiple winners of the Navy Spring Invitational individual crown.
Junior August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) and senior Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) took top honors for the Midshipmen, as the duo tied for eighth in the final standings with a 4-over par 146. Jonas fell a handful of spots in the final standings after posting a 4-over par 75 in the final round, while Selby jumped from 29th to eighth after shooting the low round of the tournament for the Mids with a 1-under par 70 on Sunday. Selby was two strokes over after the front nine on Sunday, but managed his game well on the back nine that featured an eagle on the par 5 14th hole.
Senior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) shot a pair of 75s in the tournament to finish in 20th, while junior Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) and freshman Connor Tallman (Lake Oswego, Ore.) regrouped nicely and shot a 2-over par 73 in the in the final round. Keene posted an 8-over par 79 in the first round and was outside of the top 50, but finished 35th in the final standings. Tallman, meanwhile, made the move from 60th to 38th after shedding 7 strokes from his opening-round 80.
Navy also field two other teams, the Navy Gold squad and the Navy White team. The Gold squad moved up two spots in the final standings from 10th to eighth with a 39-over par 607. Freshman Devin Terry (La Crosse, Wis.) finished just two strokes out of the top 10 with a 13th-place 6-over par 148 (75-73). Senior team captain David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) shot a 75 in the opening round and paired it with a 76 on Sunday to place 25th. Classmate Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.) turned in an 11-over par 153 to finish 38th, sophomore David Won (Bothell, Wash.) placed 48th with a 13-over par 155 and local product Garrett Moyer (Annapolis, Md.) shot a 25-over par 167 to finish 85th.
Meanwhile, the Navy White team finished with a 62-over par 630 and in 18th place. Sophomore Zeke Shaffer (Radford, Va.) paced the squad with a 9-over par 151 (75-76) to finish 25th. Juniors Robert Zieser-Misenheimer (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and Staton Pruitt (Columbia, S.C.) tied for 69th with an 18-over par 160, while freshman Ben Allen (San Marino, Calif.) and sophomore Travis Beach (Dallas, Texas) finished a stroke behind Zieser-Misenheimber and Pruitt in 77th.
“It was perfect playing conditions this weekend and I thought the guys were really focused,” said Navy head coach Pat Owen. “We’ve seen an improvement in our game in each of the last two weekends and we are really starting to gel as a team. I thought this weekend was a solid performance by the team and a good tournament for us heading into the conference tournament.”
Navy will look to capture the program’s seventh conference title when it travels to West Point, N.Y. next weekend to play in the eight-team Patriot League Championship.
### Go Navy ###