Mids Finish Seventh at Navy Spring Golf Invitational
April 21, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy golf team (294-315=609) shot a 31-over par 315 in Sunday’s final round to slip from the top of the leader board to a tie for seventh in the final standings of the two-day, 36-hole Navy Spring Invitational held at the par-71 Naval Academy Golf Club.
Virginia (294-305=599), who was tied with the Mids going into the final round, tied Penn (298-301=599) with a 31-over par 599, however, the Quakers were declared the champion after winning the playoff. Penn, who also won the 2012 Navy Spring Golf Invitational, is just the sixth team in the 34-year history of the event to take the team title multiple times, joining Navy (1995-03-06-08-10), Temple (1981-82-85-87-89), Maryland (1979-83-86-92), Penn State (1994-96-97) and Johnson & Wales (2004-09).
Virginia Tech (296-305=601) and Wake Forest (296-305=601), who were tied for third after the opening round, once again turned in mirroring scores in Sunday’s final round to tie for third just two strokes behind the leaders, while LIU-Brooklyn (300-303=603) produced the second-lowest score of the final round with a 19-over par 303 to leap over George Washington for fifth. The Colonials placed sixth with a 40-over par 608 (301-307), while the Mids (294-315) and Delaware (306-303) were just a stroke behind in seventh with a 41-over par 609.
“We really struggled on the greens today and didn’t have quite as many short game shots as we did yesterday,” said Navy head coach Pat Owen. “Our short game is definitely something we will concentrate on this week as we prepare for the Patriot League Championship.”
Sophomore August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) and freshman Zeke Shaffer (Radford, Va.) paced the Mids with a 9-over par 151 to tie for 14th. Jonas shot a 7-over par 78 in the final round, while Shaffer, who shot part in Saturday’s first round, turned in a 9-over par 80 on Sunday.
Junior Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) shot the low round of the day for the Mids with a 6-over par 77 and pushed up from 43rd to 34th in the final standings with a 12-over par 154. Meanwhile, juniors David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) (74-82) and Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) (76-80) rounded out the lineup in 48th with a 14-over par 156.
Navy also fielded “gold” and “white” teams in the 21-team tournament. The gold squad finished 101th with a 45-over par 613 (307-306), while the white team placed 20th with an 83-over par 651 (317-334). Sophomore Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) was one of three gold members to shot a 5-over par 76 in Sunday’s final round and paced the team with a 20th-place 10-over par 152 (76-76). Meanwhile, sophomore Colby Lederer (Levittown, Pa.) (78-82) and rookie David Won (Bothell, Wash.) (77-83) finished atop the white leader board with an 18-over par 160.
Towson’s Joe Gunerman, who came into the final round tied for 16th with a 4-over par 75, shot a 2-under par over the final 18 holes to take medalist honors with a 2-over par 144, edging out Wake Forests’ Evan Beck (70-75=145) and Virginia Tech’s Trevor Cone (76-69=145) by a stroke.
Navy, the defending Patriot League Champion, returns to action next Saturday and Sunday when it travels to the Lehigh Valley to take part in the 2013 Patriot League Golf Championship at the Saucon Valley Country Club. Led by three All-Patriot League performers and five players among the top 16, the Navy golf team captured the program’s sixth Patriot League Golf Championship a year ago by edging arch rival Army (295-290-296=881) by three strokes at the Bucknell University Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa.
### Go Navy ###