Mids Place Sixth, North Dakota State Takes Navy Fall Classic
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Sophomore August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) shot a 4-over par 146 to guide the Navy golf team to a sixth-place finish at the 2012 Navy Fall Classic Sunday at the Naval Academy Golf Club. Navy also fielded gold and white squads which finished ninth and 13th, respectively.
North Dakota State ran away with the team title, turning in a 3-under par 565 which featured a 5-under par opening round on Saturday. The Bison are the 15th different team in the tournament’s 19-year history to win the title. Meanwhile, the top three finishers were from North Dakota State, including senior Nathan Anderson who claimed medalist honors with a 4-under par 138 (68-70). He finished three strokes ahead of sophomore teammate Bill Carlson who was 1-under (69-72).
North Dakota State was the lone team to shoot under par for the weekend, as St. Bonaventure wrapped up second place with a 12-over par 580 (290-290), followed by a tight race for the remaining spots among the top five. Temple jumped from seventh to third with a 16-over par 584 (296-288), followed by St. Francis (Pa.) at 585 (288-297) and Brown took fifth with a 586 (291-295) and just nipped the Mids who shot a 20-over par 588 (294-294).
Not only was Jonas the top placewinner for the Navy blue squad, he was the top finisher among all Navy golfers over the weekend, putting together a 1-over par 72 on Saturday to pair up with a 3-over par 74 on Sunday to place 14th. Jonas took medalist honors at last year’s Navy Fall Classic. Juniors Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) and David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) finished in 24th with a 6-over par 148. Selby turned in scores of 75 and 73, while Hall was consistent with a pair of 74s. Meanwhile, junior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) and sophomore Staton Pruitt (Columbia, S.C.) tied for 34th with an 8-over par 150. House began the tournament with a solid 2-over par 73, while Pruitt fell behind with a 6-over par 77. The two flip-flopped scores on Sunday.
The Navy Gold team struggled in the opening round, posting a 20-over par 304. Led by second-year standout Brad Elder (Roanoke, Va.), the gold squad fought back, shaving 10 strokes off its score and pushing up from 11th to place tied for ninth with a 36-hole mark of 598 (+30). Elder was one of three players on the gold team to shoot a 2-over par 73 in the final round and was the low scorer for the tournament with a 5-over par 147 to put him in 20th. Junior Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.) fell in at 28th with a 149 (74-75), while hometown favorite rookie Garrett Moyer (Annapolis, Md.) finished 34th with an 8-over par 150. Team captain Chris Reed (Springfield, Ohio) was one of the three players to register a 73 in the final round, as he placed 46th with a 10-over par 152. Rounding out the team was senior Pat Collins (Floral Park, N.Y.), who improved his opening-round score by eight strokes and placed 72nd with a 20-over par 162.
Sophomore Colby Lederer (Levittown, Pa.) placed 28th with a 7-over par 149 to anchor the Navy White team (614, +46) to a 13th-place finish. Lederer shot the low round of day by any of the Midshipmen golfers with a 1-over par 72. Newcomer Zeke Shaffer (Radford, Va.) was unable to build upon his opening-round 72, falling back with an 8-over par 79 on Sunday to finish 42nd with a 151. Sophomore Robert Zieser Misenheimer (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) finished 62nd with a 15-over par 157, followed by two-sport junior Sean Murphy (Hudson, Ohio) in 71st (160) and sophomore Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) in 72nd (162).
Navy rookie David Won (Bothell, Wash.) saw his first collegiate action playing as an individual where he placed 50th with a 12-over par 154 (79-75).
“I was happy to see the depth of our team as we have a fairly young group this year,” said 23rd-year Navy head coach Pat Owen. “That said, I do think everybody has a few strokes they need to tighten up from 100 yards in.”
The Midshipmen will use the next two weeks to prepare for their annual Star Match against rival Army slated for Sept. 22-23 at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. Navy has won each of the last two Star Matches.
### Go Navy ###