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PALM COAST, Fla. – The Penn State men’s golf team finished fourth with 12.5 points in the Big Ten Match Play Championship at the Hammock Beach Resort Ocean Course after splitting its matches on the second day. The Nittany Lions defeated eventual co-champion Michigan State in the morning round and fell in the third-place match to undefeated Wisconsin.
"We played two quality teams, played hard, and came away with a split," said Penn State head coach Greg Nye. "The event jump starts your competitiveness for the seconf half of the college golf season."
Round Three (vs. Michigan State)
The morning match against Michigan State was shortened to nine holes after a two-hour fog delay. In the match, the Nittany Lions would defeat the Spartans, 4-2, highlighted by junior Ryan Dornes (Lancaster, Pa.) winning his match 1UP to extend his unbeaten streak in the event to 3-0.
Also providing points for Penn State in the match was senior Cole Miller (New Tripoli, Pa.), winning 2&1, and sophomores Alec Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.), 3&1, and Ryan Davis (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), 1UP.
|Penn State vs. Michigan State (9 holes)||Score (PSU - MSU)|
|Kaleb Johnson (MSU) DEF Charles Huntzinger (PSU)1UP||0-1|
|Cole Miller (PSU) DEF Michael Sharp (MSU) 2&1||1-1|
|Ryan Davis (PSU) DEF Andrew Walker (MSU) 1UP||2-1|
|Ryan Dornes (PSU) DEF James Piot (MSU) 1UP||3-1|
|Alec Bard (PSU) DEF Charlie Green (MSU) 3&1||4-1|
|Austin Jenner (MSU) DEF Daniel Martinez (PSU) 1UP||4-2|
Round Four (vs. Wisconsin)
At the conclusion of round three, the teams were reseeded for the cross-divisional matchups. No. 2 from the west, Wisconsin, defeated the East Division’s No. 2, Penn State, 4-2, to give the Nittany Lions a fourth-place finish in the event.
The Badgers finished the event undefeated with 14 points to finish third in the event.
Junior Charles Huntzinger (Duluth, Ga.) claimed his individual match, 4&3, and freshman Daniel Martinez continued his strong play on the weekend to win his match, 3&2.
|Penn State vs. Wisconsin||Score (PSU - UW)|
|Pete Kuhl (UW) DEF Ryan Dornes (PSU) 3&2||0-1|
|Daniel Martinez (PSU) DEF Eddie Wajda (UW) 3&2||1-1|
|Charles Huntzinger (PSU) DEF Jordan Hahn (UW) 4&3||2-1|
|Nick Robinson (UW) DEF Ryan Davis (PSU) 2UP||2-2|
|Sam Anderson (UW) DEF Alec Bard (PSU) 4&3||2-3|
|Griffin Barela (UW) DEF Cole Miller (PSU) 1UP||2-4|
Purdue and Michigan State tied in the championship match to be crowned the 2018 Big Ten Match Play co-champions.
The Nittany Lions return to action in two weeks as they travel to Houston, Texas, where they will meet Michigan State in the Challenge at Champions on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Champions Golf Club.
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|T-1||Purdue & Michigan State|