October 5, 2010

Bulldogs Finish Third At Butler Invitational

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Three Bulldogs placed among the “Top 15” individuals and Butler finished third in the team competition at the 54-hole Butler Fall Invitational men’s golf tournament, which wrapped up at Eagle Creek Golf Course on Tuesday, Oct. 5.  Evansville claimed the team title with a sizzling, 10-under-par 242.

Sophomore Andrew Wegeng paced Butler with a three-round score of two-over-par 215.  He shot an even-par 71 in the first round, a one-under-par 70 in the second round and a 74 in the final round to claim seventh place in the final individual standings.  He had one of two sub-par rounds for the Bulldogs.

Sophomore Matt Vitale was the other Butler player to break par during the tournament.  He shot a one-under-par 70 in the opening round and then followed with rounds of 73 and 74 for a 217 total and a tie for tenth place.  Senior Ryan Wegeng was close behind with a 54-hole total of 218 and a tie for 12th place.  He carded rounds of 72, 74 and 72.

Sophomore Matt Vogt just missed the “Top 15” with a final total of 220 (72-73-75), good for a tie for 16th place, while junior Alex Walker tied for 35th at 226 (73-74-79).

Also competing for the Bulldogs were juniors Jordan Mack and Ben Nichele and freshman Parker Sheppard, all playing as non-scoring individuals.  Mack tied for 23rd at 223 (73-74-76), Nichele tied for 29th at 225 (74-75-76) and Sheppard came in 57th with a final score of 239 (82-77-80).

IUPUI finished runner-up in the 11-team meet with a three-round score of 861, while the Bulldogs finished at 870.  The two teams were tied for second heading into the final round.

Michael Sainz of Evansville put on a strong individual performance to claim medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 12-under-par 201, seven strokes better than teammate and runner-up Parker Hensley.  Sainz shot back-to-back rounds of five-under-par 66 and then finished with a two-under-par 69!