Men’s golf finishes in 13th at USF Invitational

The Eastern Michigan University men’s golf team took to the course in Dade City, Fla. for the USF Invitational on March 3-4. The Eagles finished in a season-low 13th place.

Freshman Joey Kremer led the Eagles at one over par 217 (76, 71, 70). His final round score of 70 is a personal best.

The placement on the scoreboard is uncharacteristically low for the men’s team. They were playing some of the nation’s top players at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. Seven of the teams in the tournament are top-50 teams; three of them are ranked in the top-25.

Every single team in the tournament shot under 900 strokes.

The Eagles only finished 50 strokes behind Florida State University, which took first place in the tournament. The University of South Florida, which finished second, had a nine-stroke lead over FSU heading into round three. FSU, as a team, shot 24 under par to snatch up first place.

Tournament Highlights:

Kremer finished in a tie for 44th place in the tournament after having a career-low round of 70. He finished 1 for the tournament. (76, 71, 70)

Kyle Rodes finished in a tie for 55th place. Rodes shot a 70 in the final round, as well. He finished two strokes behind Kremer. He shot 3 for the tournament. (73, 76, 70)

Brian Churchill-Smith finished in a tie for 66th place in the tournament. He landed two strokes behind Rodes, shooting a 5. (74, 73, 74)

Brett White finished in a tie for 70th. He shot a 6 to finish the tournament. (72, 78, 72)

Michael Blair finished in a tie for 73rd. He shot a 7 to finish the tournament. (74, 74, 75)

MAC Player of the Week:

Because of Kremer’s performance in the USF Invitational, he received the MAC Player of the Week award for the first time in his career. He is the Eagles’ second golfer of the 2013-2014 season to be given this award; Stuart Grehan was the first of the season.

The Eagles will participate in the Talis Park Challenge tournament March 16-17, in Naples, Fla.

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