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Bielawski smashes record

Vedran Agovic

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“This tournament showed the level of play that we expected to play at the entire fall,” head coach Tim Grogan said. “The one regret is that we did not get a chance to finish the tournament due to rain.”

The results from the first two rounds stood as the final outcome of the tournament.

Indiana University won the title in the rain-shortened 36-hole event by one stroke over second-place Marquette. The Golden Eagles finished with a score of seven under, 561, which was followed by third-place Bowling Green State University with a score of 563. Marquette’s scores of 280 and 281 qualify as school records.

“The guys really believed that we could have beaten Indiana,” Grogan said. “They were fired up heading into the final round to play against them.”

The 22-team tournament featured some of the finest golf programs in the region. The event took place at The Golf Center at Kings Island, on the Grizzly championship course.

“This was definitely one of the best fields in the Midwest this year, all of the top golf schools were there,” Grogan said. “It was nice to show where we can stack up with the rest of the field.”

Indiana’s junior All-American candidate, Jeff Overton won his fourth straight tournament with a score of 130 (12 under par). Bielawski finished second behind Overton by three shots as he followed his incredible 63 with a 70 to finish at 133 (nine under par). Sophomore Kyle Murphy played tough and finished at two under par with a 140, which tied him for 12th place. Murphy played well in the second round as he carded a solid 67.

“I just put the ball in play and tried to make a put or two,” Bielawski said of his low score. “I just went out there and played and I really did not think about what I scored until I added it at the end.”

The score is also a Marquette school record, which Bielawski crushed by four strokes.

“I was not playing that great but I stayed around par,” Murphy said. “What kept me going was seeing Mike (Bielawski) getting lower under par. He woke the team up with his play.”

Junior Nathan Colson came in 32nd place at two over, 144. Junior Jason Gaare, who participated in his first tournament of the year, ended the tournament in 50th place at 147. Steve Sass, a sophomore, finished in 55th place with 148.

“All five guys contributed, which was very positive,” Grogan said. “The main thing that the guys learned was that the work you put in pays off.”

The team held three straight days of practice at 6:30 a.m. following the completion of its last tournament. Hitting the driving range did pay off for the team as the results were evident.

“We have worked really hard since our last tournament at Charlotte,” Murphy said. “We were all determined to play well.”

The team showed its character as it stormed out of the gate in the first round. However, the team was disappointed with the fact that rain forced the cancellation of the final round.

“Our team was playing well and I thought the conditions suited our team the best,” Bielawski said. “I think we had a great shot to win.”

This tournament completed the fall season for the Marquette golf team. The team will take a short break and then get back to work by getting ready for the spring events where it hopes the momentum from this tournament will continue.

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