Men's Golf Weekly Recap

Updated 10/15/2013

Friday - Sunday, October 11-13

Bank of Tennessee   FINAL RESULTS

Kent State

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – Kent State's men's golf team finished third after a tight battle during the final round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Blackthorn Club at the Ridges.
No. 14 Virginia shot a closing 13-under-par 275 to post 22-under for the tournament – just one shot better than No. 13 Virginia Tech and only two clear of the 17th-ranked Golden Flashes.
 
After beginning the day with a two-shot lead, Kent State fired a fine closing round of 8-under-par to finish 20-under for the tournament.
 
"We had a good tournament but finished third, and while that's not a bad showing, finishing third is not our goal," said Kent State head coach Herb Page. "We had some guys shoot some good scores, but we have to keep working to find a way to finish when we are in contention."
 
Seniors Kyle Kmieck and Taylor Pendrith closed strong for the Flashes, Kmieck shooting a 5-under 67 that included just one bogey, while Pendrith carded a 4-under 68 that included an eagle at the par-5 fourth hole. Individually, Pendrith (71-71-68–210) finished tied for eighth at 6-under par. Kmieck (73-73-67–212) finished in a tie for 12th at 4-under that included fellow Kent State senior Corey Conners (70-69-73–210), who struggled on the back nine on his way to a 1-over-par final round.
 
Conners had his round to 4-under through 10 before his day was derailed by bogeys at 13, 15 and 17, and a double bogey at the par-5 14th.
 
Josh Whalen (71-70-72–213) finished in a tie for 14th at 3-under after closing with an even-par round. Nick Scott (73-69-75–217) rounded out the Kent State effort in a tie for 30th at 1-over for the weekend.
 
Playing as an individual, Jake Troyer (68-75-71– 214) tied for 18th at 2-under. His 1-under-par final round included an eagle at No. 5 and birdies at 2 and 14.
 
Kent State returns to action on Friday when it travels to Alpharetta, Ga. for the prestigious U.S. Collegiate held at the Golf Club of Georgia.

 

Monday - Tuesday, October 14-15

Crooked Stick Invitational   FINAL RESULTS

Ball State
Eastern Michigan
Toledo

TEAM STANDINGS
1. Arkansas 306-285-284=875 (+11); 2. Purdue 295-294-291=880 (+16); 2. Georgia 295-290-296=881 (+17); 4. Florida State 292-296-299=887 (+23); 5. TCU 305-301-294=900 (+36); 6. Indiana 299-305-303=907 (+43); 7. Florida 300-304-304=908 (+44); 8. Notre Dame 306-304-302=912 (+48); 9. Kansas 315-303-299=917 (+53); 10. Toledo 303-313-305=921 (+57); 11. Eastern Michigan 310-305-311=926 (+62); 12. Ball State 320-299-311=930 (+66); 13. Michigan State 308-313-313=934 (+70); 14. IUPUI 321-304-315=940 (+76)

 

Ball State

CARMEL, Ind. -- Freshman Keegan McKinney polished off the first top-20 result of his young career Tuesday and the Ball State men’s golf team remained in 12th place to finish off the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate.
 
McCormick Clouser turned in the Cardinals’ low round of the day with a 76, while Ball State posted a team score of 311 to end the tournament with a 54-hole total of 930. James Blackwell, competing as an individual, matched Clouser with a 76.
 
Arkansas put together the round of the tournament with a 4-under 284, its second straight under-par round, to come from six shots back and claim the team title. The 25th-ranked Razorbacks jumped from fourth place to first on the final day, closing at 11-over 875 for the three rounds.
 
Purdue finished second at 880, while overnight leader Georgia, the country’s No.6-ranked team, fell to third at 881. Florida State (887) and TCU (900) rounded out the top five in a 14-team field that included six teams ranked in the nation’s top 50 and 11 in the top 100.
 
Sebastian Cappelen of Arkansas hung onto his 36-hole lead to win individual medalist honors at 4-under par. Purdue’s Adam Schenk climbed to 1-under to finish as the only other player in red figures for the tournament.
 
McKinney led Ball State with a final score of 8-over 224 to tie for 17th on a Crooked Stick course that has hosted some of the most prestigious amateur and professional events in the world. He closed with his high round of the tournament, a 77, but birdied his final hole of the day to climb back inside the top 20.
 
Clouser’s 76 moved him up two spots into a tie for 37th on the final leaderboard. He ended the event at 14-over 230 and, like McKinney, closed with a birdie on his final hole at the par-5 ninth.
 
The Cardinals also counted a pair of 79s from Zach Yinger and Tyler Merkel in Tuesday’s team score. Yinger tied for seventh among all golfers with nine birdies for the week, while Clouser tied for fourth in the field in pars with 36.
 
Blackwell, despite competing outside the Ball State lineup, turned in a solid showing. The sophomore shot 76 in each of his last two rounds and finished in a tie for 43rd at 16-over 232.
 
This week’s tournament was the fifth of six events on a challenging fall schedule for Ball State. The Cardinals will close their fall campaign next week at the Pinetree Intercollegiate just outside Atlanta. Kennesaw State hosts the tournament, which gets underway Monday.

 

Eastern Michigan

CARMEL, Ind. (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University men's golf team concluded play at the Crooked Stick Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 15, as the Eagles posted a 11th place finish with a 926 (310-305-311) at the par-72 Crooked Stick Golf Club. No. 25 Arkansas won the event recording an 11-over par 875 (306-285-284) to win by five strokes over No. 44 ranked Purdue.
 
Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelen won the individual title posting a four-under score of 212 (70-71-71) after 54 holes to defeat Purdue's Adam Schenk by three strokes at 215 (74-73-68).
 
Sophomore Stuart Grehan (Tullamore, Ireland-Colaiste Choilm) was the Eagles' top finisher posting a 13-over par 229 (76-74-76) to finish in a tie for 29th place. Junior Michael Blair (Ancaster, Ontario, Canada-Ancaster Secondary-Pfeiffer) carded a 14-over 230 (82-72-76) to place 37th overall as the Green and White's second finisher.
 
Sophomore Brett White (Kentwood, Mich.-East Kentwood) posted a score of 235 (75-79-81) to finish in 56th place while freshman Kyle Rodes (Plymouth, Mich.-Plymouth) carded a 237 (77-80-80) to notch a 60th finish. Senior Brian Churchill-Smith (Oakville, Ontario-Canada-Oakville Trafalgar) rounded out the lineup with a 239 (83-80-76), placing 65th overall.
 
The tournament marked the last one of the fall for the Eagles. The spring campaign gets under way in February when the squad travels to Dade City, Fla., to compete in the Mid-American Conference Match Play Tournament, Feb. 10-11. Stay tuned to EMUEagles.com for more information.

 

Toledo

CARMEL, IN – Toledo concluded the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate on Tuesday with a 10th-place showing. The Rockets posted a 54-hole score of 921 (303-313-305) in a field that included six teams ranked in the Top 50 of the Golfstat rankings. UT finished five strokes ahead of fellow MAC member Eastern Michigan (310-305-311=926) and nine in front of Ball State (320-299-311=930).
 
Junior Chris Selfridge paced the Rockets by tying for 25th place at 12-over par 228 (78-75-75) with sophomore Otto Black one stroke behind tied for 29th place at 13-over par 229 (75-77-77).
 
Junior Nate Gonring matched Selfridge for Toledo’s best round of the day with a three-over 75 and tied for 39th place at 15-over par 231 (76-80-75). Junior Jamie Richardson tied for 47th place at 233 (74-81-78), while junior Mike Lancaster tied for 70th place at 242 (79-82-81=242).
 
Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen captured medalist honors at four-under par 212 (70-71-71) to help the No. 25 Razorbacks rally from a six-stroke deficit to win the tournament title with an 11-over par 875 (306-285-284)
 
Toledo returns to action next week when it looks to defend its title at the Georgetown Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 21-22 in Beallsville, MD.