Hall Leads Navy to 10th-Place Finish at Philadelphia Big 5 Invitational
Oct. 9, 2011
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. -- Anchored by sophomore David Hall's (Huntersville, N.C.) 7-over par 147, the Navy golf team placed 10th at the 22-team Philadelphia Big 5 Invitational played at the Plymouth Country Club in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. over the weekend.
"The course is extremely tricky with severely sloping, very fast greens," said Owen, whose Mids entered Sunday's final round in a tie for fifth but slipped back to 10th after turning in a 21-over par 301 over the final 18 holes.
Hall led the way for the Midshipmen in 21st with a 7-over par 147. He turned in a 4-over par 74 on Sunday, posting the team's low score, alongside team captain Tim Shield, in the final round.
Freshman August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) was on pace to finish among the field's top 10 after scoring a 2-over par 72 in the opening round. Jonas, however, fell back to 32nd after posting a 7-over par 77 on Sunday to finish 9-over (149) for the tournament. Meanwhile, senior Peter Reilly (Merrimack, N.H.) trailed Jonas by just a stroke, totaling a 10-over par 150 over two rounds (74-76).
Rounding out the lineup for the Mids were Tim Shield (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) and Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) who placed 61st and 97th, respectively. Shield, who struggled to manage the greens in the opening round (80, +10), regrouped and played well on Sunday where he turned in a 4-over par 74 to finish the tournament 14-over (154). Selby, meanwhile, had a tough weekend, putting together a 21-over par 161 (78-83).
Dartmouth won the tournament with its 18-over par 578 (286-292), taking a 6-stroke victory over second-place Campbell (292-292=584). Furman shot the low round of the day, a 7-over par 287, to take third with a 26-over par 586, while St. John's and Penn tied for fourth with a 27-over par 587.
The Mids turned in a 17-over par 297 in Saturday's opening round, trailing first-place Dartmouth (286, +6) by 11 strokes. Meanwhile, the Big Green hold a 4-stroke advantage over second-place Penn (290, +10), while Campbell is in third at 12-over (292) and Temple stands fourth at 14-over (294).
Francis Marion's Sebastian Backlund was 2-over after the first round and in ninth place, but was fantastic over the final 18 holes where he shot a 4-under par 66 to finish 2-under (138). He won individual medalist honors by one stroke of Dartmouth's Peter Williamson who recorded a 1-under par 139.
The Midshipmen return to action a week from Monday (Oct. 17-18) when they make the short trip to Beallsville, Md. to take part in the Georgetown Intercollegiate.
"I think we will see some similar conditions at the Georgetown tournament that we saw this weekend in Philly. We'll use this week to practice and improve our short game in preparation for a better result."
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