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JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -
The Penn State men’s golf team cruised to a nine-stroke victory at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate to win back-to-back tournament titles to close its fall season. The Nittany Lions shot a team total of 31-under 833 at the Blackthorn Club at The Ridge to match the second-lowest 54-hole team total in program history.
Penn State was the start-to-finish winner, leading after each day of competition with rounds of 11-under 277, 16-under 272, and a final round 4-under 284 to win the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate for the second time in three years.
“Winning the Windon (Memorial Classic) and the Bank of Tennessee (Intercollegiate) takes one heck of an effort,” said Penn State head coach Greg Nye. “Three or four high-quality teams made great runs at us on Saturday and Sunday, and each time our team responded with runs of our own.”
Junior JD Hughes (Carlisle, Pa.) led the way for the Blue and White, carding a final round of 4-under 68 for a total of 14-under 202 to finish in second place individually. In round one, Hughes shot a 6-under 66, his career-low, and he made 19 birdies on the weekend, tied for the most in the tournament.
Junior Charles Huntzinger (Duluth, Ga.) matched his career-low of 64 in round two of the tournament and played at 11-under 205 for the event. Huntzinger finished third.
“Charles (Huntzinger) again just played tremendous golf and JD (Hughes) put together his best collegiate event wire-to-wire,” said Nye.
Senior Cole Miller shot 4-under 211 for the weekend, including a final round of 2-under 70 to finish in a tie for 12th.
“JD’s (Hughes) birdies at 17 and 18 along with Cole’s (Miller) at 16 really sealed it for us,” said Nye.
Junior Ryan Dornes (Lancaster, Pa.) came in a tie for 25th after shooting 1-under 215 on the weekend.
The individual winner was Hayden Buckley of fifth-ranked Missouri who was 17-under 199 for the tournament with an opening round of 4-under 68, followed by rounds of 8-under 64, and 5-under 67. He tied Penn State’s Huntzinger for the low round of the tournament.
This was the finale to Penn State’s fall campaign. The Nittany Lions return for their spring competition events in February 2018.
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