October 7, 2008

Butler Finishes Fourth At Fall Tournament

Oct. 7, 2008

Junior Kyle Thomas, sophomore John Farrelly and senior Kevin Sasena all shot sub-par rounds on the final day of the tournament to lead Butler to a fourth place team finish at the Butler Fall Invitational, held at Eagle Creek Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 6-7. It was the Bulldogs' best tournament finish this fall.

Thomas carded a two-under-par 69 in the final round and finished the tournament with a 54-hole score of even-par 213. He shot a 71 in the opening round and then added a 73 in the second round. His final total placed him in a tie for seventh place in the final individual standings.

Farrelly had Butler's best final round with a three-under-par 68, and he finished in a tie for 13th place with a three-round score of 216. He had a 73 in the first round and a 75 in the second round. Sasena posted back-to-back rounds of 76 on the first day of the tournament, and then stormed back with a one-under-par 70 on the final day to tie for 37th place (222).

Freshman Jordan Mack had his best tournament of the fall with rounds of 73, 72 and 73 for a two-day total of 218 and a tie for 21st place. Senior Elliot Retzlaff completed Butler's scoring team with rounds of 73, 75 and 77 for a 225 and a tie for 52nd place.

Butler opened the tournament with a team score of 290 and then slipped five strokes in the second round. The Bulldogs charged back with a 280 in the final round, the second-best score of any team on the final day.

Sophomore Ryan Wegeng, playing as a non-scoring individual, also cared a sub-par round on the final day of the tournament. He closed with a two-under-par 69 and finished in a tie for 15th place in the final individual standings with a 54-hole total of 217 (74-74-69).

Also competing as non-scoring individuals were junior Isaac Mulvihill, who tied for 37th (72-78-72 222), freshman Josh Ruff, who tied for 48th (78-73-73 224), freshman Elliot Bloom, who tied for 52nd (75-77-73 225), freshman Ben Nichele, who tied for 52nd (74-75-76 225), freshman Alex Walker, who tied for 62nd (80-74-74 228), junior Kevin Swanson, who tied for 77th (78-81-73 232) and freshman Alex Snyder, who finished 91st (87-81-77 245).

Indianapolis won the 14-team event, while Creighton finished runner-up and Morehead State came in third. Seth Fair of Indianapolis captured medalist honors with an eight-under-par 205 (67-68-70). He shot sub-par scores in each of the three rounds.

TEAM SCORES: Indianapolis (284-279-277 840)
Creighton (282-286-294 862)
Morehead State (286-284-293 863)
Butler (290-295-280 865)
Eastern Illinois (290-287-290)
Wright State (294-292-285 871)
SIU Edwardsville (288-288-299 875)
Evansville (298-290-290 878)
Green Bay (304-285-291 880)
IUPUI (292-293-300 885)
IPFW (297-294-301 892)
Cornerstone (311-296-299 906)
Illinois-Springfield (312-319-308 939)
Chicago State (321-316-314 951)