Nittany Lions Finish Ninth at LSU Invitational
April 3, 2011
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Penn State men's golf team concluded play at the Louisiana Invitational Sunday with a three-round total of 923 (305-305-313), 37 strokes behind winning team LSU who shot rounds of 295-294-297 (886).
"We have two rookies, and three players with college golf experience, and this was a tough adjustment this weekend for all our guys," said Coach Nye. "The course conditions were the exact opposite of what we train on at the Blue this time of year. We saw very firm fast conditions, with wind. It was tough. We need to take what we can from the experience and move forward."
Senior Tommy McDonagh (East Norwalk, Conn.) and sophomore Anthony DeGol (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) led the Nittany Lions in the final round with 5-over par scores of 77. McDonagh finished 30th overall with a 14-over par 230 (74-79-77). DeGol improved five places from Saturday to finish tied for 52, with rounds of 80-83-77 (240).
Senior T.J. Howe (Osceola, Pa.) finished tied for 10, just 14 stroked behind the individual winner, Chattanooga's Stephan Jaeger. Howe carded rounds of 72-71-80 (223). Sophomore Jay Woodward (Bridgeport, W.Va.) shot consistent rounds throughout the weekend to finish tied for 48 with rounds of 79-78-79 (236). Sophomore Ernesto Marin (Miami, Fla.) finished with a 22-over par total of 238 (81-77-80).
The Nittany Lions will prepare this week for the 35th annual Rutherford Intercollegiate. The team will host the tournament at the par 71, 7,202-yard Penn State Blue Course April 8-10.