TOLEDO, Ohio (September 27, 2011) – After having the opening day of play cancelled due to rain, the ETSU men’s golf team finished tied for ninth at the abbreviated Inverness Intercollegiate on Tuesday afternoon.
The event, which was originally scheduled for 54-holes – 36-holes on Monday – and 18-holes on Tuesday, was shortened to just the 18-holes on Tuesday after heavy rains swept through the area on Monday.
ETSU shot a combined team score of 304 to tie with South Alabama in the 11-school field.
No. 31-ranked Kent State took the team title after compiling a 287 (+3) team score on the 7,255-yard par-71 Inverness Club layout. No. 34 Liberty finished second (+7), while host Toledo finished in third (+8). Kentucky was fourth (+10), followed by Michigan State (+11) and Penn State (+16). No. 43 Michigan and No. 5 Florida tied for seventh (+17), while ETSU and South Alabama finished one shot ahead of No. 27 Ohio State (+21).
Dugan Murphy of Toledo won the individual title with a 5-under-par 66 to finish four shots clear of the field. Taylor Pendrith of Kent State and T.J. Vogel of Florida finished tied for second at 1-under-par. The three players in the 69-player field were the only ones to fire under-par rounds.
ETSU sophomore Spencer Lawson (Raleigh, N.C.) led the Bucs with a 2-over-par 73 to finish tied for 13th. Redshirt senior Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) finished one shot behind Lawson, tying for 17th position.
Freshman Tom Heggarty (Cheshire, England), playing the event as an individual, finished tied for 46th with a round of 78. Freshman Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales), who was making his collegiate debut, matched Heggarty with a 78. Scott Gibson (Dumfries, Scotland) shot a 79, while Sam Edwards (Bigbury, England) added an 80 to round out the scoring for the Bucs.
The Inverness Club was founded in 1903 and along with the University of Toledo served as host for the 2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championships. Inverness has also hosted four U.S. Opens, two U.S. Senior Opens, two PGA Championships and one U.S. Amateur.
ETSU returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Durham, N.C. for the Rod Myers Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will begin with 36-holes on Saturday followed by 18-holes on Sunday.
For more information on the ETSU men’s golf team please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.