Golf Opens Season With Sturdy Victory at Navy Fall Invitational
Sept. 13, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, MD -- GW senior co-captain Lewis Sturdy (Keston, England) carded his career-low round of 68 Friday and shot a second-round 70 Saturday to win the season-opening Navy Fall Invitational Saturday and Sunday at Annapolis, MD. Sturdy, whose 138 is a new GW golf record for a low 36-hole score, beat Delaware's Colin Smith by a stroke and helped GW to its first tournament victory since the 2006 Rehoboth Beach Invitational. Sturdy's victory was the first by a GW individual since Juan Pablo Zuluaga's win at the 2006 McDaniel College Invitational.
It marked the first event under new coach Terry Shaffer. The 2008 Navy Fall Invitational took place at the par-71, 6,611-yard Naval Academy Golf Course. GW's team total of 572 (+4) is a new GW school record for lowest team total in a 36-hole tournament.
"I'm extremely pleased with the way we played," Shaffer said after his first event as GW's coach. "I'm particularly proud of Lewis, Cole [Turner] and Juan [Pablo Zuluaga] because, when they had the lead after day one, the second round comes with some pressure and they really pulled together and held [onto] the lead. They worked hard the whole time. I couldn't be happier."
Shaffer walked three holes with each player both days. When he caught up to Sturdy during the senior's first-round 68, Sturdy, sensing he was having a career round told him, "Coach, I'm glad your here because I'm getting too excited."
Cole Turner also had an outstanding tournament as the second-lowest Colonials with a 142 (72-70), good for a tie for fourth place among the 90-golfer field.
The Colonials next host the 36-hole Rehoboth Beach Invitational on Monday, Sept. 15, in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
GW individual scores (90 total players):