Wegeng Captures Butler Invitational Medalist Honors


INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Junior Andrew Wegeng followed his school-record performance in the second round with an even-par 70 in the final round and wound up capturing medalist honors at the Butler Fall Golf Invitational.  The Bulldogs finished runner-up in the seven-team tournament, which concluded on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Wegeng grabbed the tournament's individual lead by shooting a school-record 65 in the second round on Monday (Oct. 3).  He entered the final round with a 36-hole score of 138 and two stroke advantage over Michael Sainz of Evansville, Chad Ebert of Green Bay, Thomas Wettstein of Valparaiso and David Lawrence of Eastern Illinois.

Lawrence made a charge on the final day, shooting a one-under-par 69, but Wegeng held on with a sharp, even-par round.  Ebert and Wettstein each shot a 71, while Sainz carded a 78.

Wegeng was one of four Butler players to finish among the "Top 20" individuals.  Junior Matt Vitale carded rounds of 77, 68 and 71 (216) and finished 12th overall, while senior Jordan Mack shot rounds of 73, 71 and 73 (217) to tie for 13th place.  Senior Alex Walker, who followed an opening round 75 with a one-under-par 69, posted a 74 on the final day and tied for 16th place at 218.  

Freshman Andrew Eiler and junior Colin Reenan, playing as a non-scoring individual, tied for 24th.  Eiler posted rounds of 71, 74 and 76 (221), while Reenan shot 77, 71 and 73 (221).  Freshmen Logan Holt and Clark Etheridge, also playing as individuals, wound up 39th and 40th, respectively.  Holt shot rounds of 78, 78 and 79 (235), while Etheridge came in with rounds of 77, 80 and 82 (239).

The Bulldogs held first place with a three-stroke lead over Evansville heading into the final round, but IUPUI blistered the flags in the final round and passed both teams to grab the team title.  The Jaguars had four players shoot par or better on the final day and matched Butler's second round score of 273 to capture the crown.  IUPUI finished with a 54-hole total of 849, four strokes better than the Bulldogs.

Butler's men will take a brief break, before returning to action at the Dayton Fall Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 17-18.