For Immediate Release: April 4, 2004
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Kunz wins medalist honors at Navy Invitational; BU places 8th

Team Scores

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior Joe Kunz (Webster, N.Y.) shot 71-72=143 to capture medalist honors at the 25th Annual Navy Spring Invitational, played Saturday and Sunday at the par-71 U.S. Naval Academy Golf Course. Kunz tapped in a close birdie putt on No. 18 and wound up winning by one stroke among a field of 115 golfers. His performance, however, was the lone bright spot for the Bearcats, who slipped six spots in the final round and finished 8th out of 23 teams (294-328=622).

The Bearcats stood in a tie for second place after registering an opening-round 294 on Saturday. Kunz' even-par 71 was tied for fifth best in the field, and senior teammate Keith Hendrickson (Syosset, N.Y.) was in third after shooting a 1-under 70. But on Sunday, Kunz was the only BU player to shoot below 83, and the team's 328 total was 44 strokes over par. Hendrickson (70-84=154) wound up tied for 22nd, and freshman Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.) came in at 75-83=158, tied for 47th.

Sophomore Kevin Crawford (Lockport, N.Y.) shot 78-92=170 and senior Eric Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y.) shot 85-89=174.

For Kunz, the medalist honors were the second this year and fifth in two years for the former junior college national champion. In the fall, he captured the Binghamton NBT Bank Classic at En-Joie Golf Club.

Binghamton competes in the Lafayette Invitational next Friday and Saturday, April 9-10.


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