Navy Golf Earns Top-10 Finish in Season Opener
Doc Gimmler Invitational Results
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — The Navy golf team shot its lowest round of the Doc Gimmler Invitational on the final day, climbing five spots to earn a top-10 finish in its season-opening tournament. The Mids shot a 4-over par 284 on Sunday at Bethpage State Park’s Red Course to push up from 13th to tie Rhode Island for eighth with a 54-hole mark of 873 (294-295-284, +33).
Senior team captain Thomas Fricke (Haymarket, Va.) paved the way for the Mids in the final standings with a 17th-place finish. Navy’s most veteran golfer opened the weekend with a 2-over par 72 and put together a pair of 71s over the final two rounds to post a 4-over par 214.
After struggling in the opening round (77), junior Paul Mauer (Eagleville, Pa.) handled the course by shooting par in the second round thanks to a trio of birdies and was 1-over in Sunday’s final round to post an 8-over par 218 for 37th.
Junior Griffin Peters (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) turned in the low round among his teammates on Sunday, shooting par to complete the weekend with an 11-over par 221 (76-75-70). Sophomore Thomas Garbee (Asheville, N.C.) and junior Matthew Starobin (Davidsonville, Md.) tied for 62nd with a 15-over par 225. Both players struggled in the second round of the tournament, but the two came back to shoot 72 in the final round.
Meanwhile, making his collegiate debut over the weekend was freshman Ward Wilkinson (Ashland, Va.) who tied for 56th with a 14-over par 224. After posting a 4-over par 74 in the opening round, Wilkinson stumbled in the second, shooting 9-over. Playing as an individual, he rallied on Sunday to shoot 1-over and move up in the standings.
“It’s no surprise the team rebounded so well today after an up and down day yesterday,” said 28th-year Navy head coach Pat Owen. “The talent level of these players is really good, and the consistency of today’s scores shows the depth of this team. We now have something to build on as we continue with our fall campaign. I was especially happy to see our team captain Thomas Fricke lead the way, both on and off the golf course.”
Florida State captured the team title after jumping out to a 5-stroke advantage after the first 18 holes and never looking back. The Seminoles completed the tournament 13-under (827), 10 strokes ahead of second-place Loyola who finished at 3-under (837). Rounding out the top 10 were Connecticut (846), Yale (849), Harvard (851), Johnson & Wales (852), Villanova (861), Navy (873), Rhode Island (873), Hartford (875) and St. John’s (875).
Yale’s Eoin Leonard took individual medalist honors with his 11-under par 199, edging Florida State’s John Pak by just two strokes. Pak’s teammate Jonathan Keppler finished seven strokes behind the leader in third.
The Mids will be back in action next weekend (Sept. 15-17) when they travel to Olympia Fields, Ill. to compete in the 54-hole Fighting Illini Invitational.
### Go Navy ###