Butler Finishes Tenth At The Fairway Club Invitational

Sept. 9, 2008

Senior Elliot Retzlaff tied for eighth place in the individual competition and Butler wound up 10th in the team standings at the rain-shortened Fairway Club Invitational men's golf tournament, hosted by Nebraska on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 8-9. The 12-team tournament at ArborLinks Golf Course was originally scheduled for 54-holes but was reduced to a 36-hole event after heavy rains on Monday.

Retzlaff was tied for fifth in the individual standings after shooting an opening round even par 72 on Monday. He slipped to a three-over-par 75 in the final round and wound up tied with Armen Kirakossian of Texas-Pan American, Tommy Bliefnick of Illinois State, Max Hosking of Northern Illinois and Tim Kalil of South Dakota State for the No. 8 spot.

Junior Kyle Thomas finished second for the Bulldogs and tied for 33rd overall with rounds of 75 and 77 (+8 152), while junior Kevin Sasena came in third for the team and tied for 43rd overall at +11 155 (77-78). Junior Kevin Swanson tied for 64th place with rounds of 83 and 84 (+23 167) and newcomer Alex Snyder placed 68th at +28 172 (83-89).

Shane Pearce of Texas-Pan American won individual medalist honors with a five-under-par 139 (68-71).

South Dakota State captured the tournament title with a 36-hole score of 580, while Western Illinois was runner-up at 582. The Bulldogs carded a 307 in the opening round and closed with a 314 for a two-day total of 621.