Men's golf wins the "hole" thing!
October 5, 2008
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
Benedictine University's men's golf team rolled together a strong team effort and walked away with first place at its own Fall Invitational last Saturday and Sunday at the Maple Meadows Golf Course in Wood Dale, Ill. A record-setting day on Saturday helped the Eagles lead wire-to-wire to take top honors among the 17-team field of competition.
Even more significant for the Eagles' team is that four schools behind them in the standings at the BU Fall Invitational were, previosuly, ranked ahead of them in the most recent team rankings. Benedictine's strong finish will likely shake up the regional rankings when they are released next.
After Saturday's first 18 holes, the BU squad had posted an impressive team composite score of 286, 11 strokes ahead of the second place team and 25 shots better than its closest competitor from the Northern Athletics Conference. That score is the best team total for 18 holes in Benedictine men's golf history.
The Eagles pulled away on Day 2 of the event with a team score of 296, giving the unit the school record for the best 36-hole team total, as well. Edgewood College, which was in second after the first day of competition, faded as Luther College - which shot a day-two best of 291 - moved into second place in the final standings. North Central College and Aurora University also leap-frogged Edgewood in the final standings, taking third and fourth, respectively, ahead of fifth place EC.
Individually, Benedictine had three of its golfers all finish among a five-way logjam at fourth place with a two-day total of 146. The trio included senior Andrew Delaney, junior R.J. Schwalbach and junior transfer Tim Walters.
Jon Price, a junior, finished tied for 19th overall. Price bounced back from a 79 on day one, carding a two-over-par 72 on the second day for a 151 total. After a 72 on the first day, sophomore Ryan Feldman struggled with an 83 on Sunday to give him a 155, dropping him down to a tie for 38th in the 89-player field.
Freshman Dan Lagerstrom, playing as an individual, turned in a two-day composite of 160. That total was good for a tie for 54th place.
The tournament was won by Wisconsin Lutheran College's Daniel Behm. Behm had a 73 on Saturday and tore up the course with a two-under 68 on Sunday, giving him a winning score of 141. Second belonged to Jon Syverston from Milwaukee School of Engineering - with back-to-back rounds of 71 for a 142 total - and Aurora University's Brandon Vicory was third with a 144, three shots off the winning pace.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.