Peters Paces Navy Men's Golf at Fighting Illini Invitational
Fighting Illini Invitational Results
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — Navy junior golfer Griffin Peters (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) carded a 1-under par 69 in the final round of the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club North Course to secure a top-30 finish, while the Mids closed out the 54-hole event by logging its low score (295, +15) on Sunday to take 15th (302-309-295=906).
This year’s Fighting Illini Invitational field featured 13 programs ranked (10) or receiving votes (3) in the Golfweek Bushnell Coaches Poll, including four teams ranked among the nation’s top 10. Sixteenth-ranked Texas A&M, who came into Sunday in third place, put together a spectacular final round and used a 9-under par 271 to pass Alabama in the final standings to capture the team title with an 837 (281-285-271). Nineteenth-ranked Alabama, who held the lead after each of the first two rounds, shot its worst score of the tournament with a 6-over par 286 to place second with an 846 (280-280-286). The Crimson Tide’s Davis Riley, however, took medalist honors with a 10-under par 200 (66-67-67). Meanwhile, Okahoma State, the nation’s top-ranked program, took third with a 10-over par 850 (280-287-283). Host and defending Fighting Illini Invitational champion Illinois finished fifth with an 853 (283-284-286).
After opening the tournament with a 7-over par 77 on Friday, Peters progressively gained momentum. He turned in a 2-over par 72 in the second round before posting his 69 on Sunday. He used four birdies to help him jump 21 spots in the final standings to lead the way for the Mids in 30th (218).
Peters’ classmate, Matthew Starobin (Davidsonville, Md.) sat among the top 30 after the first round with a 3-over par 73, but struggled to manage the course on Saturday where he finished 13-over. Starobin, however, bounced back on Sunday and finished strong, recording three birdies en route to a 4-over par 74 and 230 overall.
Second-year standout Thomas Garbee (Asheville, N.C.) also put together a 230 (77-78-75), while senior team captain Thomas Fricke (Haymarket, Va.) posted a 233 (75-81-77) and junior Paul Mauer (Eagleville, Pa.) totaled a 234 (77-78-79).
The Mids will use the next two weeks to prepare for their annual dual against Army West Point. Navy will play host to this year’s Star Match on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Naval Academy Golf Course. The two-day, 36-hole event will be scored as match play, or the more familiar Ryder Cup-style format, with four 4-ball matches played on Saturday and seven singles matches played on Sunday. The first team to reach six points will be declared the winner. Navy won last year’s Star Match, 6-5, at the West Point Golf Course.
### Go Navy ###