Butler turned in a strong second-round performance and wound up
tied for seventh place in the final team standings at the
rain-shortened Telich/Sunlife Financial Invitational, hosted by
Cleveland State on Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 28-29). Malone
College captured the captured the championship in the 12-team
Four Bulldogs shot 78 or better in the second round to help Butler post a team score of 307. That tied for the third-lowest second round total and lifted the Bulldogs, who entered the second day in 10th place after posting an opening-round 321. The tournament was called after the second round because of rain.
Senior Kyle Thomas paced the Bulldogs and wound up tied for 13th overall with rounds of 76 and 78 on the Sand Ridge Golf Club layout. He was the lone Butler player to break 80 in both rounds.
Freshman Colin Reenan carded rounds of 82 and 76 and tied for 30th, while freshman Andrew Wegeng tied for 40th with rounds of 83 and 78. Sophomore Ben Nichele tied for 44th with scores of 80 and 82 to round out the Bulldogs’ top four scorers. Freshman Matt Vogt, who followed an opening-round 89 with a 75 for Butler’s best single round, tied for 51st, and junior Ryan Wegeng, playing as a non-scoring individual, tied for 38th with rounds of 81 and 79.
Butler’s two-day total of 628 left the Bulldogs tied with North Dakota in the final team standings. Malone posted a team score of 598, the lone team to break 600. Justin Lower of Malone captured medalist honors with a 71 in the opening round and a 77 in the second round.
Final Team Scores: Malone 598, Cincinnati 610, Oakland 620, Green Bay 620, Youngstown State 621, IPFW 627, Butler 628, North Dakota 628, Cleveland State 629, South Dakota State 637, Robert Morris 639, King 666.