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PALM COAST, Fla. – The Penn State men’s golf team went 1-1 on Friday in the Big Ten Match Play Championship at the Hammock Beach Resort Conservatory Course, falling to Indiana in the morning round, 5-1, and bouncing back to defeat Rutgers in the afternoon, 5.5-0.5. The Nittany Lions are currently sitting in third in the East Division with 6.5 points.
After some weather-related travel issues kept Penn State from participating in the practice round on Thursday, Friday’s first match was the Nittany Lions’ first look at the Hammock Beach Resort courses.
“This morning, Indiana played very well and took it to us as we attempted to catch up on our travel fatigue,” said Penn State coach Greg Nye. “It was a tough break, but I was proud of how we regrouped this afternoon and won several close matches with Rutgers.”
Junior Ryan Dornes (Lancaster, Pa.) was 2-0 on the day, defeating Indiana’s Jack Sparrow, 4&2, and besting Rutgers’ Tony Jing, 1UP. Dornes never trailed in the morning round, but needed a comeback victory to defeat Jing, taking the lead on the 15th hole.
Freshman Daniel Martinez (Austin, Texas) made four consecutive birdies on four of the final five holes to defeat Rutgers’ Jack Panagos, 6&5, in the afternoon session.
Senior Cole Miller (New Tripoli, Pa.) won the final four holes over Rutgers’ Matt Holuta to win the match 3&1.
Sophomore Alec Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) claimed his afternoon match, 2UP, and Junior Charles Huntzinger (Duluth, Ga.) won his bout, 1UP.
The Nittany Lions move over to the Ocean Course Saturday to face the current East Division leaders, Michigan State, in the morning session before being reseeded for the fourth and final round in the afternoon. Live scoring will be available here.
For the latest updates on the team follow @PennStateMGolf on Twitter, “like” the Penn State Men's Golf page on Facebook, and follow head coach Greg Nye on Instagram @CoachNyePSU.
A recap will be posted on GoPSUsports.com following Saturday’s day of competition.
|Penn State vs. Indiana||Score (PSU - IU)|
|Jake Brown (IU) DEF Charles Huntzinger (PSU) 5&4||0-1|
|Brock Ochsenreiter (IU) DEF Cole Miller (PSU) 2&1||0-2|
|Brendon Doyle (IU) DEF Ryan Davis (PSU) 4&3||0-3|
|Ryan Dornes (PSU) DEF Jack Sparrow (IU) 4&2||1-3|
|Ethan Shepherd (IU) DEF Alec Bard (PSU) 1UP||1-4|
|Trevor Vanton (IU) DEF Daniel Martinez (PSU) 3&2||1-5|
|Penn State vs. Rutgers||Score (PSU - RU)|
|Charles Huntzinger (PSU) DEF Toks Pedro (RU) 1UP||1-0|
|Cole Miller (PSU) DEF Matt Holuta (RU)3&1||2-0|
|Ryan Davis (PSU) HALVES Oliver Whatley (RU)||2.5-0.5|
|Ryan Dornes (PSU) DEF Tony Jing (RU) 1UP||3.5-0.5|
|Alec Bard (PSU) DEF Putt Sridama (RU) 2UP||4.5-0.5|
|Daniel Martinez (PSU) DEF Jack Panagos (RU) 6&5||5.5-0.5|