Record-Breaking Third Rd. Propels GW Golf to Third-Place Finish at Indiana Hoosier Invitational
April 4, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, IN -- George Washington placed third in the 19-team adidas Hoosier Invitational men's golf tournament Saturday and Sunday in Bloomington, IN. The Colonials combined to shoot a school-record 280 in Sunday's third round led by sophomore Brandon Rukin's four-under-par 67. Rukin was the low Colonial at 216 (74-75-67), which included nine birdies. GW finished with a team total of 880 (302-298-280)
Thirty-six holes of the 54-hole event were played in a downpour Saturday with the final round played on Sunday. The tournament was held at IU's par-71, 6,813-yard Indiana University Golf Course. The Colonials sat in 9th place after Saturday's first two rounds but were able to shave a combined 18 strokes off of their second-round 298 to jump six places in the final standings.
The host Hoosiers of Indiana won the tournament with a 838 (282-278-278), 36 strokes ahead of runner-up Ball State's 874. The Hoosiers captured the top three individual scores led by Chase Wright's 204 (70-68-66), seven strokes ahead of teammate David Erdy's 211 (73-68-70).
On Sunday, Rukin led the way shooting a third-round 67 followed by Martin Liu's 68. Liu tied for 16th place with a three-round 219 (76-75-68). Rukin's 67 was a career-low and matched the second-lowest round turned in by a Colonial this season.
GW's Brendan Barrack tied for 21st with a three-round 221 (74-74-73). The 280 bested the program's single-round team low of 281 accomplished three times, most recently at the 2006 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.
"We played in a torrential rain Saturday morning but the conditions improved later in the afternoon and we had no rain and very little wind on Sunday," GW coach Terry Shaffer said. "The putting started to come together Sunday and we showed a lot of character and I'm very excited about the way we finished this tournament. They really proved they can hang with the best. We're starting to gel at the right time."
Next up for the Colonials is the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate, hosted by Yale, on April 17-18, at Owings Mills, MD. The 36-hole event takes place at the par-72, 6,813-yard Caves Valley Golf Course.