Navy Finishes Third at Service Academy Golf Classic
Oct. 24, 2012
COLTS NECK, N.J. — Air Force and Army overcame a 6-stroke deficit to the Midshipmen in the final round to share the 2012 Service Academy Golf Classic title Tuesday. Air Force and Army shot identical scores (299-304-290=893) throughout the three-round tournament as the Falcons claimed their 16th-consecutive SAGC crown, while the Black Knights took a share of the championship for the first time since 1994.
Army’s Anthony Kim was crowned the individual champion with a 1-over 217, distancing himself from Air Force’s Andrew Hoops and Navy’s Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) whom he was tied with going into the final round, by posting a 2-under par 70 over the final 18 holes.
After shooting a solid 6-over par 294 in the second round, the Midshipmen owned a 6-stroke advantage (597 to 603) over their academy counterparts going into the final day. Both Army and Air Force played their best round of golf on Tuesday, posting mirroring 2-over 290s while Navy shot its worst score of the tournament with a 16-over par 304 (303-294-304=901) to fall eight strokes behind the leaders in the final standings.
“Our guys did not have their ‘A’ game with them in the last round, but they fought hard all the way to the finish,” said 23rd-year Navy head coach Pat Owen. “We will try to focus on the positives that we can take out of this event, particularly the 36-hole lead. We plan to learn from the experience so the next time we are in that position, we will maintain our quality of play.”
Selby led the way for the Mids with a 6-over par 222 (73-74-75) to finish fourth, while second-year standout Staton Pruitt (Columbia, S.C.) was just a stroke behind in fifth with a 7-over par 223 (79-70-74) after shooting Navy’s low round of the day with a 2-over par 74.
Sophomore August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) captured a 10th-place showing with a 13-over par 229 (77-74-78), while junior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) finished 14th with a 16-over par 232 (77-76-79). House enjoyed a highlight-reel moment when he holed his second shot on the first hole for an eagle 2, from 142 yards. Local favorite Garrett Moyer (Annapolis, Md.) was eighth going into the final round, but a 10-over par 82 spoiled his chances at a top-10 finish, as he posted a 19-over par 235 (76-77-82) and placed 19th. Rounding things out for the Mids was junior Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.) who shot his best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 5-over par 77 to finish tied for 21st with a 22-over par 238 (81-80-77).
Three Midshipmen also played as individuals with sophomore Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) producing a 16-over par 232 (79-75-78) to tie for 14th, while junior David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) was 21st (79-80-79=238) and rookie David Won (Bothell, Wash.) was 27th (87-87-77=251).
### Go Navy ###