GW Golf Climbs to Season-Best Sixth at Navy Spring Invitational

Freshman Carlos Pena posted his second top 20 finish of the season on Sunday at the Navy Spring Invitational.

April 21, 2013


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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - George Washington golf improved one spot to finish in sixth place at the 36-hole Navy Spring Invitational at the Naval Academy Golf Club on Sunday.

The sixth-place showing out of 21 teams and subsequent 15-5 head-to-head mark (finished ahead of 15 teams, behind five teams) at the event is the Colonials' best showing of the 2012-13 season. GW will look to carry the momentum over to next week as it defends its Atlantic 10 Championship at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla., April 26-28.

The Colonials totaled a 23-over par 307 on Sunday to finish with a two-round 40-over 608 on the par-71, 6,611-yard layout. Penn closed a four-shot deficit to tie opening-round co-leader Virginia for first place at 31-over 599, while Virginia Tech and No. 25 ranked Wake Forest tied for third at 33-over 601. LIU Brooklyn moved up a spot to fifth at 35-over 603, five shots ahead of GW.

Towson's Joe Gunerman claimed medalist honors in the 105-player field with a two-round total of 2-over 144, sparked by a 2-under 69 on Sunday to equal the low round of the tournament.

Freshman Carlos Pena posted his first top 20 finish since his collegiate debut in September by tying for 20th with a two-round 10-over 152. He carded an 8-over 79 during Sunday's final round. Sophomore Jack Persons and freshman Howard Hickey both finished in a five-way tie for 29th at 11-over 153, with Hickey climbing 43 spots on Sunday by firing a season-best matching round of 2-over 73.

Rookie Steve Piela erased six shots from Saturday's round with a 4-over 75 on Sunday to climb 32 spots and tie for 48th. Sophomore Jonathan Dresnick finished tied for 57th with a 16-over 158 total following a 12-over 83 on Sunday.

The 2013 A-10 Championship begins on Friday at 7:30 a.m., on the 7,268-yard, par-72 Heron Bay layout.



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