May 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — After taking medalist honors at the 2013 Patriot League Golf Championship last weekend and garnering Patriot League Most Outstanding Golfer recognition, Navy junior golfer Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) has been named the NAAA Athlete of the Week Presented by Rolls-Royce.
House sank a 20-foot breaking birdie putt on the 18th hole of the final round at last Sunday’s Patriot League Championship to capture his first collegiate individual crown. He is the seventh different Navy player to claim medalist honors at the Patriot League Championship and the first since Erich Schoen won the league title in 2008 at the same course, the Saucon Valley Country Club.
“It was definitely exciting to win on a pretty big stage like the Patriot League Championship,” said House, who is one of only two players on the roster to compete in all nine tournament this season and owns a 77.09 stroke average. “It’s always nice to have validation that hard work pays off. I just regret that the team wasn’t able to win the team title.”
The Midshipmen (308-294-303=905) placed second in the tournament, just seven strokes behind the host Lehigh Mountain Hawks (299-296-303=898).
House trailed 2013 Patriot League Rookie of the Year Marcus Plunkett of Army by just one stroke heading into Sunday’s final round. He was able to overcome the narrow deficit by turning in the low round of the day with a 1-over par 73 and featured several birdie putts over the course of the day. None, of course, was more noteworthy than his final putt of the 54-hole tournament which clinched the title.
“I had no idea where I stood in the individual competition, so I was only focusing on trying to help the team get closer to winning,” said House, who has qualified to play in one of the six NCAA Regionals by way of winning the conference crown. “I wasn’t too nervous, more just trying to do what I could to help the team.
“I’m excited about NCAA Regionals since it’ll be a very good indication of how I compare to other college golfers. Plus, it’ll be a treat to compete at any of the venues since they’re all great courses and locations.”
The NCAA Regionals will be held at University Club in Baton Rouge, La.; Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fl.; The Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio; The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.; Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. and Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash. and are scheduled to be played on May 16-18.
### Go Navy ###