Butler Sweeps Big Four Titles

CARMEL, IND. -- Butler made a clean sweep of the individual titles and captured both the men's and women's team championships at the annual Big Four Tournament, held at Crooked Stick Country Club on Thursday, April 5.  It was the second straight Big Four crown for both Butler teams.

Senior Michele Nash carded a one-under-par 71 to pace Butler's women and capture medalist honors.  The Butler scoring leader shot a 36 on the front nine and then finished with a tournament-best 35 on the back nine to finish two strokes ahead of teammate and runner-up Julia Porter (73).

Freshman Isabella Lambert placed fourth overall with an 80 and freshman Jenna Peters came in sixth with an 84.  Senior Clare Cornelius tied for seventh with an 86.

Butler's team total of 308 was 30 strokes better than runner-up DePauw (338).  Franklin (370) finished third, while Hanover (389) was fourth.

In the men's competition, Butler swept the top three individual positions.  Senior Alex Walker and junior Andrew Wegeng each shot a three-over-par 75 and tied for first.  Walker then birdied the first playoff hole to earn medalist recognition.  It was the second straight year that Walker tied for the top individual spot at the Big Four Tournament.

Butler freshman Andrew Eiler came in third with a seven-over-par 79, while junior Colin Reenan tied for fifth with an 82.  Senior Jordan Mack and junior Matt Vitale tied for tenth with rounds of 83.

The Bulldogs posted a team total of 311, while Hanover finished runner-up at 328.  DePauw was third with a 333 and Wabash was fourth at 348.