Colonials Place 6th at GW Invitational; Rukin Finishes Second by One Stroke
March 21, 2009
BETHANY BEACH, DE -- George Washington's Brandon Rukin placed second in the 117-player field after Saturday's second round at the 11th annual George Washington Invitational men's golf tournament on the Delaware Shore. The freshman from Pepper Pike, OH, fired a two-round 146 that included an even-par 72 in Saturday's final round. Rukin was one shot off the pace set by medalist Justin Martinson (71-74) of Delaware at the par 72, 6,834-yard Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club in Bethany Beach, DE.
The two-day event was originally scheduled as a 54-hole tournament but was shortened to 36 holes due to the number of participants and the unseasonably cold temperatures. The Colonials' `A' Team placed sixth in the 22-team field with a 616 (312-304), 15 strokes off the pace set by Rhode Island. The Rams carded a team total 601 to edge Longwood by four strokes for the team title.
Martinson's 145 edged Rukin (74-72) and URI's Mark Stevens (76-70) by one stroke.
"I thought the guys did very well under the tough, cold weather conditions," GW coach Terry Shaffer said. "There was a frost delay this morning but we came out more focused on the second day. URI just put together a very solid round Saturday."
The Colonials' next competition will be the Navy Spring Invitational on April 4-5 at Annapolis, MD. The 36-hole event takes place at the par-71, 6,528-yard Naval Academy Golf Course.
Individual Colonials' scores (117 total golfers):
Final Team Standings:
1-Rhode Island 309 292--601 +25