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Sept. 17, 2017
DURHAM, N.C. - The Penn State men's golf team secured a fifth-place finish out of the 12-team field at the Rod Myers Invitational at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C. Another high-caliber field featured four of the nation's top-25 teams for the two-day event.
Penn State saw improvement as the weekend went on, finishing with a team total of 5-under par 859. The tournament concluded Sunday with three Nittany Lions carding under-par rounds. Four Blue & White golfers finished in the top-50.
"After our start in this tournament, we played very hard the last 45 holes to right the ship," said Nittany Lion men's golf head coach Greg Nye. "A top-five finish in this field is a job well done."
Junior Charles Huntzinger (Duluth, Ga.) shot a final round of 3-under 69. He carded a team-high 12 birdies on the weekend to finish at 7-under for the tournament and in a tie for eighth individually.
"Charles has been working hard to get his game to a level to which he is capable," Nye
Senior Cole Miller (New Tripoli, Pa.) put together a bogey-free final round of 3-under 69. He bounced back after a 3-over opening round to get into red numbers, finishing at 2-under and tied for 15th.
Sophomore Ryan Davis (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) made his first appearance of the season and was a bright spot for the team. Davis put together two rounds under-par with a final round of 1-under 71.
"Ryan Davis just kept bouncing back to bring us our third sub-par round of the day," said Nye.
Juniors JD Hughes (Carlisle, Pa.) and Ryan Dornes (Lancaster, Pa.) shot final rounds of 75 and 77 respectively to round out the Penn State lineup.
No. 8 Wake Forest was the wire-to-wire leader with a total score of 835 and 29-under par, claiming its third straight Rod Myers Invitational championship. Wake Forest's Will Zalatoris and Oregon's Norman Xiong finished as co-champions at 12-under par. Both the team and individual leaderboards can be viewed online.
Penn State will return to action in a few weeks at the Windon Memorial Classic, hosted by Northwestern at the Evanston Golf Club, Sunday-Monday, October 8-9.