Immediate Release: September 21, 2010
Katz places 8th individually with 74 in final round
NEWPORT, R.I. -- The Bearcats clawed their way up to a sixth-place finish out of 17 teams on the strength of a season-best performance (291) in the final round of the Adams Cup of Newport Tuesday. Senior Jake Katz garnered his 18th career top-10 finish with rounds of 74-72-74 for an eighth place finish out of 88 players.
Binghamton entered the day
in ninth place but jumped ahead of host Rhode Island, Seton Hall,
Villanova, and Yale with a sensational final round effort to
give them a 54-hole total of 902.
Only Towson University and UCF, the tournament champion, carded lower rounds than BU's 291. The last time the Bearcats fired a score of 291 or better was in the team's tournament win at the Lafayette Invitational (290) during last year's spring season.
"I thought we played real good today," head coach Bernie Herceg said. "Third lowest of the day against some tough competition. I feel how we played as a team, that's our potential right there, week in and week out. I'm excited about what we can do in these next four tournaments."
Katz was in contention for medalist honors at the start of the day as he trailed the leader by three shots. However, a final round of 2-over 74 pushed him back to eighth place as he settled for his sixth straight top-10 performance, dating back to the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate in the spring of 2010.
Unlike the first two rounds where the team depended heavily on Katz's scorecard, BU counted four stellar scores to the team's total, averaging 1-over-par 73 on the day.
Marler was one of three Bearcats that recorded career-best
totals as he tied UCF's medalist Greg Eason for the tournament's
low score with a personal-best 3-under-par 69.
Marler has improved in every round of the 2010-11 campaign, posting scores of 87, 81, 79, 79, 76, and 69 through two team invitationals. His 54-hole total of 224 earned him a top-20 finish at T-17.
"He hit 17 greens and when you do that, you are minimizing the mistakes of getting up and down," said Herceg. "He made a couple longer putts for birdie but his ball striking was good all day and that was really key. Andrew is a good player and there's been times where he's been on like that before, but he finished this round."
Binghamton will compete again over the weekend in nearby Ithaca for the Cornell Invitational.
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