Golf's Andrew Gallo Wins Temple Invitational
Freshman Wins on Second Playoff Hole, GW Places Eighth
Oct. 7, 2002
MOOSIC, PA - GW's Andrew Gallo (Thornhill, Ontario/Crescent) bogeyed the second playoff hole to win the 36-hole Temple Owl Invitational Sunday. Gallo became just the fourth Colonial to win an individual tournament title in the last nine years. Despite Gallo's victory, the Colonials placed eighth as a team in the 13-team field at the par-71, 6,595-yard Glenmaura National Golf Course in Moosic, PA.
After 36 holes, three players were tied at 144. Gallo, junior Nick Cook of Georgetown and freshman Jason Gerken of Princeton. Gallo and Gerken scored par on the first playoff hole to eliminate Cook, who saw his five-foot par attempt slide to the left of the hole. On the second playoff hole, Gerken left his second shot in the water hazard protecting the 358-yard, par-four 18th green. On his approach that followed, Gallo flew the green, but received a fortunate bounce off a footbridge to have a playable lie for his third shot. Gallo won it with a tap-in bogey five.
Maryland easily won the team title with a 287-301-588. GW was 12 strokes out of second place with a 297-306-603. Central Connecticut State was second with a 591.
Freshman Brian Carroll (Crystal Lake, IL/Crystal Lake South) was the second-lowest Colonial as he tied for 20th with a two-round total 150 (74-76). Freshman Federico Guzman (Bogota, Colombia/Colegio Nueva Granada) was the third-best Colonial with a 153 (77-76).
Gallo joins an exclusive list of former Colonials who have won individual medalist honors during the last nine years: Ryan Day at Rehoboth Beach Invitational (Oct., 2000); Bryan Derdenger at Lehigh (Oct., 2000); and Thomas Blankvoort twice (GW Invitational in April, 2001 and Rehoboth Beach Invitational in April, 2002).
Colonials' individual scores (69 total golfers):
Final Team Standings: 1. Maryland (588), 2. Central Connecticut State (591), 3. Princeton and Georgetown (592), 5. Temple (596), 6. Lehigh and Saint Joseph's (602), 8. George Washington (603), 9. Duquesne (623), 10. Rutgers (626), 11. Villanova (627), 12. St. Bonaventure (631) and 13. Drexel (634).
GW next competes in the Lehigh-Stabler Intercollegiate Invitational, Oct. 12-13, at Center Valley Golf Club in Bethlehem, PA. The Colonials close out the fall season at the Old Dominion SeaScape Intercollegiate, Oct. 30-31, at Kitty Hawk, NC.