Wegeng, Nash Pace Butler Invitational
INDIANAPOLIS, IND, -- Junior Andrew Wegeng shot a school record 65, and senior Michele Nash grabbed a share of the tournament lead to highlight strong team performances for the Butler men's and women's golf squads at the Butler Fall Golf Invitational on Monday, Oct. 3. The tournament at Highland Golf and Country Club will conclude on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
The Bulldogs will enter the final round in first place in both the team and individual standings. Wegeng shot a 36-hole score of 138 to grab the individual lead in the men's competition, while helping Butler to a three stroke team lead. Nash shot a two-over-par 72 to gain a share of the women's lead and help Butler to a five-stroke team lead.
Wegeng's record came late in the day on Monday. Playing his second 18 holes of the day, the Butler senior shot a two-under par 33 on the front nine, and then closed with a three-under-par 32 on the back nine. His record round included four birdies and an eagle. He hit a wedge from 50 yards out on the par-four sixth hole and found the bottom of the cup. He had a birdie putt from 10 feet on the 18th hole, but it slid just past the hole.
The five-under-par 65 broke the previous school mark of 66, shared by Jeff Chapman (twice in 2001) and Michael Amore (2007).
Wegeng helped Butler's men to a second round team total of 273, also a school record. The Bulldogs shot 292 in the first round for a 36-hole total of 565. Jordan Mack and Alex Walker will enter the final round in a tie for 12th place with 36-hole scores of 144, while Andrew Eiler and Matt Vitale will begin the final day tied for 17th at 145. Vitale shot a 68 in the second round.
Butler's women, coming off back-to-back tournament championships, also had a strong first day performance. Paced by Nash, the Bulldogs finished the first round with a team score of 295. Indiana State and Ball State finished with team totals of 300.
Nash ended the first day in a three-way tie for first place. Meghan Perry of Ball State and Jordan Essman of IUPUI also shot a first-round 72 to share the lead.
Butler's Jenna Peters ended the first round in a tie for fourth place at three-over-par 73, while Julia Porter posted a 74 and a tie for sixth place. Isabella Lambert shot a 76 and Clare Cornelius shot a 77.
The final round of the tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. (ET), on Tuesday.