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Skokie, Ill. -
The Penn State men’s golf team was able to hold onto its second-round lead to take a share of the Windon Memorial Classic team title with fellow Big Ten institution Northwestern. The Nittany Lions shot a total of 5-under 835 at the Evanston Golf Club for the third-lowest score in the 21-year history of the tournament.
After an opening round of even par, the Nittany Lions shot 3-under in round two to put them ahead of the pack. Penn State finished off the tournament, with a 2-under 278 in Monday’s final round.
“We had a solid opening six holes, but the Cats (Northwestern) were on fire over the first 14 holes,” said head coach Greg Nye. “We hung in and just kept playing. We made some good scores of our own, got some help to make it close and eventually get into that top spot.”
Junior Charles Huntzinger (Duluth, Ga.) was the low-man for Penn State with a final round of even-par 70 and 2-under 208 for the tournament to finish in a tie for fifth individually. Sophomore Ryan Davis (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) also had a third-round score of even-par 70 to tie for eighth at 1-under 209.
Junior Ryan Dornes (Lancaster, Pa.) was the only Nittany Lion to play under par in multiple rounds. He tied for 10th at even-par 210 after a career-low final round score of 2-under 68 after and opening round of 1-under 69.
“Both Ryan Davis and Ryan Dornes came up big for us over the entire event,” Nye said.
Senior Cole Miller (New Tripoli, Pa.) shot a final round of 2-over 72 to finish in a tie for 13th at 1-over 211 and Junior JD Hughes (Carlisle, Pa.) played his final round at even-par 70 to for a top-30 finish at 5-over 215.
“JD (Hughes) played in at 3-under over his last 10 holes and that was a difference maker to gut that out,” Nye said.
The individual winner was Patrick Flavin of Miami of Ohio who tied for the low-round of the tournament with an opening round 5-under 65 followed by rounds of 2-over 72 and 1-under 69. He claimed the title at a 4-under 206.
The Blue and White will travel to Jonesborough, Tenn., to compete in the Bank of Tennessee Invitational Friday Oct. 13 through Sunday Oct. 15.
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