Men’s golf 11th of 14 without player finishing in top 20

The Eastern Michigan University men’s golf team finished 11th out of 14 teams at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate, hosted by Indiana University Oct. 14-15.

Sophomore Stuart Grehan came into the match as Mid-American Conference men’s golfer of the week and led EMU shooting 229 (76-74-79) and tying for 29th overall. Round one opened with five bogeys and a birdie. Grehan’s best performance came in round two, overcoming a bogey and double bogey on back-to-back holes to finish two over. Round three was rocky for Grehan, shooting seven over, with eight bogeys, a double bogey and three birdies.

Junior Michael Blair shot a 230 (82-72-76) and tied for 37th overall. He shot 10 over in the opening round, with four double bogeys, three bogeys, and a birdie. Round two was much better for Blair, stroking four birdies to go along with four bogeys, good for a 72. The final round saw Blair shoot four over.

Sophomore Brett White finished tied for 56th, shooting 235 (75-79-81). Starting round one off rough with two bogeys and a double bogey, White would rebound shooting three birdies and a bogey to finish three over for his best round. Rounds two and three saw White card a 79 and 81, respectively.

Freshman Kyle Rodes finished tied for 60th with a 237 (77-80-80). Rodes eagled on the 15th hole in round one to shoot a 77 and finished rounds two and three with a score of 80.

Senior Brian Churchill-Smith rounded out the Eagles golfers to finish 65th scoring 239 (83-80-76).
Round three started off with a double bogey, then two more bogeys before Churchill-Smith stroked a couple of birdies and two more bogeys to finish the round four over.

This marked the first time all season EMU did not have a player finish in the top-20.

The University of Arkansas claimed the top spot by the end of the tournament, behind the strong play of top finisher senior Sebastian Cappelen 212 (70-71-71).

Purdue University finished second with two of the top three scorers; senior Adam Schenk who finished 2nd overall 215 (74-73-68), and freshman Austin Eoff, who finished third 217 (71-74-72).

After a strong day one showing, the University of Georgia held the lead, but shot 296 in the final round to claim third overall.

Looking Ahead:

The men’s golf team has concluded fall play, and is scheduled for M.A.C. Match Play, Feb.10-11, 2014, in Dade City, Fla. to open up spring play.

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