March 15, 2012

Butler Captures Bulldog Florida Invitational

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Junior Andrew Wegeng won medalist honors, two other Butler players placed among the top five individuals and the Bulldogs captured the men's title at the inaugural Bulldog Florida Invitational at Windsor Parke Golf Course in Jacksonville, Fla.  The 36-hole tournament wrapped up on Thursday, March 15.

Wegeng grabbed the lead with a three-under-par 69 on the first day of the tournament, and he never relinquished the top spot.  He closed with a two-under-par 70 on the final day to post a 36-hole score of five-under-par 139, five strokes better than runner-up Gino Parrodi of Eastern Illinois.

The two-day total posted by Wegeng broke the previous Butler 36-hole tournament record of 143, set by Jonathan Novak at the Lipscomb Fall Classic in 2002.

Butler also had strong performances from freshman Andrew Eiler and senior Alex Walker.  Eiler posted rounds of 74 and 73 and wound up tied for third in the final individual standings with a two-day total of 147.  Walker finished one stroke back with consecutive rounds of 74 and tied for fifth place in the tournament.

Junior Colin Reenan tied for 13th with rounds of 79 and 74 (153), while senior Jordan Mack came in 26th with rounds of 79 and 82 (161).  Junior Matt Vitale, playing as a non-scoring individual, finished 35th with rounds of 89 and 84 (173).

The Bulldogs, who shot a 296 in the first round and trailed Eastern Illinois heading into the final day, closed with a sparkling round of 291 to claim the team title by two strokes.  All four of Butler's scoring players shot 74 or better in the final round.

The Bulldog Florida Invitational closed out Butler's week-long trip to Florida.  The Bulldogs will be back in action at the Butler Spring Invitational on March 26-27 at Prestwick Country Club in Avon, Ind.