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Mids Set to Host Annual Navy Spring Invitational

Junior Thomas Fricke shot a 2-under 140 in last year's tournament to take medalist honors.
April 21, 2017

A final tune-up before playing in the Patriot League Championship next week, the Navy men's golf team will play host to its annual Navy Spring Invitational this weekend at the Naval Academy Golf Club.  The two-day, 36-hole event features 10 institutions with Navy fielding two teams.  Action is slated to begin at 8:00 am on Saturday with the Mids' Gold team teeing off at 9:40 am and the Blue squad teeing off at 10:30 am.

Navy Spring Invitational
Date:  April 22-23
Par: 71
Yardage: 76,611
Format: Stroke play
Schedule of Play: Two 18-hole rounds
Saturday, April 22 - Round 1 (Tee times start at 8:00 am)
Sunday, April 23 - Round 2 (Tee times start 8:00 am)

Tournament History
In the 35 years the Navy Spring Invitational has been played using a stroke-play format, 20 different schools have claimed the team title, including 13 different winners in the last 19 years. Navy has won the tournament six times (1995-03-06-08-10-16), while five other programs have won the crown multiple times over the years - Temple (5), Maryland (4), Penn State (3), Johnson & Wales (2) and Penn (2).  

Navy won last year's tournament after producing a blistering 2-over par 570 (285-285) to break the tournament record for lowest 36-hole score that had previously been set in 2009 by Johnson & Wales who posted an 11-over par 579.  The Mids' 570 marked their lowest 36-hole score since shooting a 2-under par 566 and placing second at the 2009 Navy Fall Classic.   

Navy's Thomas Fricke, who recorded two birdies against just one bogey, was able to string together a pair of 70s to finish the 2016 Navy Spring Invitational  2-under and claim his first career individual crown.  He is the sixth different Navy player to take medalist honors at the Navy Spring Invitational and the first since Ben Hayes in 2011.  His two-round 140 (-2) was just one off the tournament record held by four different players, including three from Navy.

The Course
 The Naval Academy Golf Club is a private, university golf course owned by the Naval Academy. It is operated by the Naval Academy Golf Association (NAGA), which is affiliated with the Naval Academy Athletic Association (NAAA). NAGA originally owned a nine-hole course established in 1916 which was adjacent to the Naval Academy Yard. However, the current golf course was acquired by the Naval Academy around 1939, when it was redesigned by renowned architect William Flynn (Shinnecock Hills, Cherry Hills, Upper Cascades).

The 18-hole course features 6,611 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 71.7 and it has a slope rating of 128.

The golf course serves approximately 600 annual members and their spouses. In addition, it serves as the home course for the Brigade of Midshipmen and all of the faculty and staff at the Naval Academy. Active duty and retired military personnel also have access to the course. The golf course averages roughly 30,000 rounds per year, and is open year round, weather permitting.

The Field
In addition to Navy's two teams (249), this weekend's field includes Bucknell (248), George Mason (166), Lafayette (262), La Salle (254), LIU-Brooklyn (275), St. John's (237), Saint Joseph's (257), Villanova (216) and Wagner.

Navy's Projected Lineups
1. Thomas Fricke (Jr / Haymarket, Va. / 78.82)
2. Griffin Peters (So / Fountain Hills, Ariz. / 77.64)
3. Matthew Starobin (So / Davidsonville, Md. / 77.86)
4. Connor Tallman (Sr / Lake Oswego, Ore. / 76.59)
5. Thomas Garbee (Fr / Asheville, N.C. / 78.27)

1. Paul Mauer (So / Eagleville, Pa. / 76.86)
2. Ethan Mead (Jr / Charlotte, N.C. / 79.40)
3. Devin Terry (Sr / La Crosse, Wis. / 79.43)
4. Ben Allen (Sr / San Marino, Calif. / 80.50)
5. Connor Jaenke (Fr / Arnold, Md. / 81.67)

Last Time Out
Navy sent split squads to compete at the Clemson Invitation and the Finegan Invitational the weekend of April 7-10.  Senior team captain Connor Tallman turned in a final-round 78 to tie for 51st place and lead Navy's blue squad to a 13th-place finish at the Clemson Invitational at the par 72 The Cliffs at Keowee Falls in Salem, S.C.  Meanwhile, junior Ethan Mead put together an 8-over par 152 to tie for 21st place and lead Navy's gold team to an 11th-place finish at the Finegan Invitational at the par 72 Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa.

Up Next
The Mids will seek their seventh Patriot League Championship team title when the eight league teams converge upon the Bucknell Golf Club a week from Saturday (April 29-30) to compete in the two-day, 54-hole championship.  Navy placed second at last year's tournament played in Annapolis.  The Mids' last team title came in 2012 and was played at the Bucknell Golf Club.

### Go Navy ###



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