Men¡¯s Golf Team Finishes Third at 2007 Pinehurst Intercollegiate
Pinehurst, N.C., March 20, 2007 ¨C The Penn State men¡¯s golf team finished in third place after posting an impressive team score in the final round at the 2007 Pinehurst Intercollegiate. With their lowest team score of the spring, the Nittany Lions shot a combined four-over par 292 ¨C the third best total of the day ¨C in the final round of play. All five Nittany Lion golfers finished in the top 38.
¡°With a solid week of practice and a great practice round, we were able to evaluate and hit the targets we wanted to, particularly on difficult greens,¡± said head coach Greg Nye. ¡°We played in a very tough field, and I was delighted with the composure our young team showed.¡±
Leading the way for the second straight tournament was freshman Kevin Foley (Somerville, N.J.). Foley, who tied for fourth at last week¡¯s Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational, finished tied for seventh place after shooting one-over 73 in every round for a three-round total of 219 (+3). The freshman recorded nine birdies and finished among the leaders in par-5 scoring with an average of 4.67 (-4) on par 5¡¯s.
¡°Kevin continued his great play and displayed one of the strongest freshman performances I¡¯ve seen,¡± Nye said.
Penn State was one of 18 teams battling cold and windy conditions at the tournament held in Pinehurst, N.C. Indiana University and East Carolina University co-hosted the tournament, which consisted of 94 players, at the par-72, 7,035-yard Centennial Pinehurst No. 8.
Junior Robert Rohanna (Waynesburg, Pa.) and freshman Jim Markovitz (Bridgeville, Pa.) both shot seven-over par and tied for 18th place. Rohanna fired rounds of 74-75-74 (223, +7) while Markovitz posted scores of 75-75-73 (223, +7). Both players finished tied for fifth in total pars with 38 a piece. Rohanna was one-under on par 3¡¯s and tied with seven others for best par-3 scoring with a 2.92 average.
Junior Harvin Groft (State College, Pa.) tied for 29th place after improving in each round of play. The junior shot rounds of 78-75-73 (226, +10) and finished among the par-5 scoring leaders with a 4.83 (-2) average. Sophomore Chad Bricker (Waynesboro, Pa.) posted rounds of 77-78-73 (228, +12) and tied for 38th place.
The Nittany Lions return to action on April 6-7 at the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W. Va.
Team R1 R2 R3 Score To Par 1) Indiana 297 293 290 880 +16 2) Michigan 298 292 295 885 +21 3) Penn State 299 298 292 889 +25 Penn State Players R1 R2 R3 Score To Par T7) Kevin Foley 73 73 73 219 +3 T18) Jim Markovitz 75 75 73 223 +7 T18) Robert Rohanna 74 75 74 223 +7 T29) Harvin Groft 78 75 73 226 +10 T38) Chad Bricker 77 78 73 228 +12