Mids Place Seventh at Season-Opening Navy Fall Classic
Sep 8, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Despite shaving better than 10 strokes off its opening-round score, the Navy men’s golf team was unable to gain ground on the field Sunday as the Mids placed seventh (594, +26) at the 20th Annual Navy Fall Classic held at the Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis. Navy also fielded white and gold squads which finished ninth and 10th, respectively.
Towson, who is just the fourth team in tournament history to win the team title multiple times, was in command of the field from the opening hole, as the Tigers shot a 14-under par 554 and beat second-place College of Charleston by 25 strokes. Towson’s 554 is the second-lowest 36-hole score in Navy Fall Classic history, falling just two strokes short of the record that was set by Northwestern in 2009. The Tigers shot a 10-under par 274 in Sunday’s final round which is tied as the second-lowest 18-hole score, four strokes shy of the record set by Northwestern.
Towson also produced the individual medalist with Joe Gunerman winning a playoff against TJ McNulty of Saint Joseph’s. Gunerman put together a pair of 67s, while McNulty turned in a 68 on Saturday and followed up with the low round of the tournament, a 66, on Sunday to force a playoff. The 8-under par 134 shot by Gunerman and McNulty goes down as the second-lowest 36-hole score by an individual in tournament history with Naval Academy grad Billy Hurley holding the record at 12-under (130). Meanwhile, McNulty’s 5-under par 66 in the final round is tied as the sixth-lowest 18-hole score in tournament history.
The Mids dug themselves an early hole, turning in a 19-over par 303 in the opening round on Saturday to settle into seventh. Navy fought back on Sunday with four of the five golfers posting improved scores and carded a 7-over par 291. The Mids’ 291 was the third-lowest score of the final round, but fifth-place Delaware (298-294 = 592) and sixth-place Georgetown (290-303 = 593) managed to edge Navy by one and two strokes, respectively. Meanwhile, the Navy white squad produced a 41-over par 609 and the gold team carded a 48-over par 616.
“We definitely performed better today as a whole,” said 24th-year Navy head coach Pat Owen. “We will focus in on course management and our short game as we prepare for next weekend’s tournament and the Army match in a few short weeks.”
Junior August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the way for all three Navy teams by way of a 2-over par 144 to tie for ninth. Jonas opened the weekend with a 3-over par 74 before delivering a 1-under par 70 to push up in the final standings. Jonas looked as though he’d have an uphill battle in the final round after triple bogeying the first hole. However, he came back to make six birdies. Jonas captured medalist honors just two years ago at the Navy Fall Classic, winning the individual title in what was his first collegiate event.
“I was really proud of Auggie, who had a great comeback after a big stumble to start today’s round,” added Owen.
Second-year Annapolis product Garrett Moyer paced the Navy gold squad with a 7-over par 149 to place 21st in one of his best performances of his young career.
Seniors Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) and Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.), members of Navy’s seven-place squad, tied for 25th with an 8-over par 150. House, who was the 2013 Patriot League Individual Medalist, shaved two strokes off his score in the final round (76-74), while Selby improved upon his first-round 77 with a 73 on Sunday. Selby’s highlight of the day was on the par-4 sixth hole where he drove his tee shot and followed up with a putt for eagle.
Rounding out the top 30 were Navy white members Robert Zieser-Misenheimer (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and Devin Terry (La Crosse, Wis.), along with Navy gold’s Zeke Shaffer (Radford, Va.) who all posted a 9-over par 151. Zieser-Misenheimer has seen limited action during his three years in Annapolis, but had his finest hours over the weekend, while Terry is one of three freshmen who made their debut. Shaffer, meanwhile, is in his second season and became a regular in Navy’s lineup by the end of last spring.
The Midshipmen will be back on the links next weekend when they travel to Bethpage Golf Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. to take part in The McLaughlin.
### Go Navy ###