Mids Close Regular Season with Fourth-Place Finish at Navy Spring Invitational
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Navy’s Griffin Peters (So / Fountain Hills, Ariz.) tied the Navy Spring Invitational record with his 5-under par 66 in Sunday’s final round to help guide the Navy men’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 Navy Spring Invitational. The Mids took advantage of the much-improved weather conditions, turning in the low round of the tournament and finishing with a 32-over par 600 (309-291).
While the temperature remained on the cool side, the 11-team field enjoyed a rain-free day and eight of the 11 teams saw improved scores from the opening round. Among them was George Mason who became the 21st different winner in the 37 years the tournament has been held thanks to a 36-hole mark of 587 (296-291). The Patriots cleared second-place St. John’s by six strokes (300-293=593), while Saint Joseph’s was a stroke behind the Red Storm and fell in at third (299-295=594).
George Mason’s Kyle Hart took medalist honors, completing the tournament by shooting par (142). He carded a 2-under par 69 in the final round to overtake Wagner’s Lucas Moreno who was 1-over on Sunday and finished the tournament 1-over (143).
Peters, along with team captain Connor Tallman (Sr / Lake Oswego, Ore.) led the way for the Navy blue team with a 7-over par 149. Tallman put together rounds of 75 and 74, while Peters rebounded from an 83 in the opening round with his 66. Peters was even par for his round after 13 holes, then birdied the last five holes. The mark tied former Navy standout Erich Schoen’s mark he set in the opening round of the 2006 Navy Spring Invitational. It’s tied as the third-lowest round by a Navy player since 1990.
Rounding out the scoring for the Mids were Matthew Starobin (So / Davidsonville, Md.) in 26th (78-75=153) and Thomas Fricke (Jr / Haymarket, Va.) (78-76=154) and Thomas Garbee (Fr / Asheville, N.C. (78-76=154) in 29th.
The Navy gold team moved up from 11th to 10th by shooting a final-round 307 (+23) and a 56-over par 624 for the weekend. Ethan Mead (Jr / Charlotte, N.C.) finished the weekend tied for 11th with a 6-over par 148 (72-76), while senior Ben Allen (Sr / San Marino, Calif.) shot a 3-over par 74 in the final round to finish in 29th with a 154. Closing things out for the the gold squad were Paul Mauer (So / Eagleville, Pa.) (83-78=161) in 55th and Devin Terry (Sr / La Crosse, Wis.) (82-81=163) and Connor Jaenke (Fr / Arnold, Md.) (84-79=163) in 57th.
“Ultimately we jumped up two spots in the final standings,” said Navy head coach Pat Owen. “It was a great way to close out our regular season and prepare for next week’s Patriot League Championship.”
The Mids will seek their seventh Patriot League Championship team title when the eight league teams converge upon the Bucknell Golf Club next Saturday (April 29-30) to compete in the two-day, 54-hole championship. Navy placed second at last year’s tournament played in Annapolis. The Mids’ last team title came in 2012 and was played at the Bucknell Golf Club.
### Go Navy ###