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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Penn State men's golf team held its lead on the final day of the tournament, to claim the program's fourth-consecutive Rutherford Intercollegiate championship at the Penn State Blue Course. The two-day event saw contrasting weather patterns with bright sunshine on Saturday and brisk temperatures on Sunday.
"I'm really proud of how the guys played throughout the event," said Penn State head coach Greg Nye. "Throughout the event, we were really good with scoring through all players and it goes without saying, that's what won the event for us."
Penn State's team total was 8-under 844, the second-lowest score in 54-hole tournament history and the lowest since shifting the format to 54 holes at 7,202 yards in 2008.
Senior Cole Miller (New Tripoli, Pa.) claimed the individual championship at 7-under, shooting an even-par 71 in the final round. His 7-under 206 is the second-lowest individual total since the tournament shifted to par at 213 in 2008.
"One of Cole's big goals in his great career here at Penn State was to finally win the Rutherford," Nye said. "He's won at Florida State, he's won an NCAA Regional, and now he's won a lion statue."
Junior JD Hughes (Carlisle, Pa.) carded a final round of 1-under 70 to put him at 2-under for the tournament to finish in a tie for third place individually.
Playing at even-par for the tournament was junior Charles Huntzinger (Duluth, Ga.) to finish in a tie for sixth place individually.
Also in the top-10 was sophomore Ryan Davis (Berkeley Heights, N.J.). Davis' played the weekend at 1-over to tie for eighth place individually.
In his first collegiate appearance, freshman James McHugh (Rye, N.Y.) finished tied for 27th at 8-over-par.
Finishing as team runner-up at 7-over was West Virginia. Oakland finished 15-over for third place. Following Miller on the individual leaderboard was West Virginia's Max Sear at 4-under.
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|T-18||Ryan Dornes (Indiv.)||74||72||72||+5|
|T-27||James McHugh (Indiv.)||74||74||73||+8|
|T-31||Daniel Martinez (Indiv.)||72||74||76||+9|
|T-50||Connor Raeman (Indiv.)||79||71||76||+13|
|T-66||Lukas Clark (Indiv.)||80||75||79||+21|