Golf Opens Fall Season With 12th-Place Finish at Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate
Sept. 6, 2010
VERONA, NY -- GW senior Brendan Barrack and freshman Benton Kircher each carded three-round 236s to tie for 44th place among the 90-player field in the season-opening Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate at Verona, NY.
As a team, GW placed 12th in the 18-team event which was played Sunday and Monday at the 7,105-yard, par-72 Kaluhyat Course. The Kaluhyat Course has a slope of 150 and is rated the most difficult course in the state of New York, which includes Bethpage Black, two-time host of the U.S. Open. The Colonials' 953 (323-314-316) was 27 strokes higher than their 926 in the same event in 2009.
GW junior Brandon Rukin was the third-lowest Colonial with a 241 (81-82-78), which tied him for 59th place. The event also marked the collegiate debut of Kircher who stood in a tie for 21st place after two rounds before a third-round 83 dropped him into a tie for 44th. GW juniors Martin Liu (93-78-77--248) and Taylor Fuqua (86-84-82) tied for 71st and 74th, respectively.
Purdue won the event with a +33 897, just three strokes ahead of tournament host Missouri and 12 strokes higher than Missouri's winning score at last year's Turning Stone.
Oakland's Jakob Ziegler won medalist honors with a one-under 215 (73-71-71), the only individual under par for the tournament. Four individuals tied for second, six strokes off the pace each with 221s.
The Colonials next compete in the Navy Fall Classic, this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12, at Annapolis, MD.