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May 3, 2014
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - The Penn State men's golf team will enter the final 18 holes of the 2014 Big Ten Championships in ninth place with a 922 (307-300-315) team score on the Pete Dye Course.
Junior Jens Talbert (Little Rock, Ark.) continues to lead the Nittany Lions with a tied-for-24th ranking on the individual leaderboard. Talbert posted an 81 in the third round to hold a 230 mark going into the final day of play. Sophomore Chris Houston (Gilford, N.H.) trails Talbert by one stroke (231) and is tied-for-29th.
Juniors Xander McDonald-Smith (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) and JD Dornes (Lancaster, Pa.) shot a 78 and 79, respectively, in round three to earn 233 54-hole tallies. Sophomore Geoff Vartelas (Cromwell, Conn.) will enter the final round of his Big Ten Championship debut with a 242 mark.
Minnesota took sole possession of first place Saturday, firing a 301 round three score to bring the Golden Gophers to an 896 overall. Jose Mendez continues to lead the field with an even par 216.
Penn State will tee off beginning at 8:40 a.m. Sunday to conclude its spring campaign. Follow the live scoring for the final round of the Big Ten Championships at www.golfstatresults.com.