Rookie Charlie Musto Earns Medalist Honors at Georgetown Intercollegiate
Georgetown Intercollegiate Results
BEALLSVILLE, Md. — Navy freshman golfer Charlie Musto (Sterling, Va.) birdied the third hole of a six-man playoff on Tuesday afternoon to capture individual medalist honors at the 33rd annual Georgetown Intercollegiate played at the par-71 Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md. Musto anchored a Navy squad (295-308-301=904) that placed sixth among the 11-team field in what capped the fall season for the Mids.
Musto entered the final round in 12th place, five strokes behind leader Christopher Gotterup of Rutgers who covered the first 36 holes with a 3-over par 145. Musto (74-76-69=219) stormed the field in the final round, taking advantage of milder conditions. After some early pars, he made birdies on the par-5 fourth and the par-4 sixth. He birdied holes eight and nine to make the turn at 4-under par 32. Two back-nine bogies and seven pars gave him a 69 for 219, and the early clubhouse lead. After waiting well over an hour for the rest of the field to finish, none of the leaders could better Musto’s score. He was one of three players to card a 2-under par 69 over the final 18 holes to put himself in a six-way tie for the lead and force a playoff against Gotterup, Saint Joseph’s Michael O’Brien, Georgetown’s Cole Berman, Rutgers’ Matt Holuta and William & Mary’s Sam Aronoff.
The six-man sudden death playoff began on the par-3 10th hole (169 yds) where Musto, the last to play from the tee, sent his shot right over the flag, 20 feet past. The other five played first, and two made bogies, while Musto two-putted for par. The two who made bogie were eliminated, leaving Musto, Berman, Holuta and Gotterup to play the same hole a second time. This time, all four players parred, and a third playoff hole ensued. After the first three hit the green in regulation, Musto flew a 7 iron directly at the pin, stopping his ball six feet from the cup. After the other three missed their birdie putts, Musto calmly stroked his putt into the cup for a birdie two and the championship.
Musto, who has played in just two collegiate tournaments and the Army-Navy Star Match, is the first Navy freshman to claim an individual title since current junior Griffin Peters (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) won the 2015 Navy Fall Classic in what was his first collegiate appearance. Meanwhile, he is the first Navy player overall to earn medalist honors since last year’s Navy Fall Classic when Connor Tallman won the weather-shortened tournament.
Senior team captain Thomas Fricke (Haymarket, Va.) finished just a stroke out of the top 10, turning in a 4-over par in Tuesday’s finale to post an 11-over par 224. Junior Matthew Starobin (Davidsonville, Md.) tied for 26th with a 16-over par 229 (73-78-78), while Peters tied for 36th with a 19-over par 232 (75-78-79). Sophomore Connor Jaenke (Arnold, Md.) closed out the tournament in 60th with a 37-over par 250 (79-88-83).
“Thomas Fricke had another solid tournament and provided excellent leadership throughout,” said Navy head coach Pat Owen.
Navy rookie Ward Wilkinson (Ashland, Va.) was on his way to a top-10 finish after the first day, but slid to 26th with a 229 after posting a 9-over par 80 in the final round.
The host Georgetown Hoyas, who began the final round in sixth place, shot the low round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 3-over par 287 to claim the team title with a 42-over par 894 (302-305-287). Rutgers (301-302-294=897) took second followed by Seton Hall (306-293-299=898) in third, Saint Joseph’s (307-296-298=901) in fourth and William & Mary (305-298-299=902) in fifth.
Navy, who led the field after the first round and was tied for second after the second, finished 10 strokes behind the Hoyas and two strokes out of the top five with its 52-over par 904.
“We knew it would be a shootout today with so many teams tied for second and Seton Hall just four strokes in front,” said Owen. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t put four scores together right around par, as eventual winner Georgetown did. It was good to get a taste of the lead after the first round, as I think your team gains valuable experience each time it is put in that position.
“This is a positive way for us to move into the off season, and a great way for Charlie to start his college career,” said Owen. “We will work hard all winter to make ourselves a competitive team for the Patriot League Championship in the spring.”
### Go Navy ###