Penn State won two consecutive events to end their fall season
(Penn State Athletics Photo)
JONESBOROUGH, TN (October 15, 2017) - Led by second and third place finishers JD Hughes and Charles Huntzinger Penn State finished 31-under and atop the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate standings.
The victory for Penn State was their second consecutive win as the close out the fall portion of their schedule in style. However, this victory is a little sweeter because it is an outright victory after just last week sharing the Windon Memorial Classic with Big 10 rival Northwestern.
Playing at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges the Nittany Lions led by nine heading into the final day and maintained that lead by shooting a closing 4-under. The steady final round play helped Penn State keep runner-up No. 13 Kent State (-22) at bay while Louisville (-21) was third, No. 18 Missouri (-18) was third and Coastal Carolina (-12) was fifth.
The 31-under finish by Penn State was their second lowest 54-hole tally.
JD Hughes a junior, led Penn State with three rounds in the 60's (66-68-68) that put him at 14-under and three-strokes behind medalist Hayden Buckley of Missouri.
In the final round Hughes, a transfer from Kent State, birdied seven-times, including on each of the final two holes, while bogeying just three-times.
For Charles Huntzinger it was rounds of 69-64-72 and a 11-under showing that put him in third place of the individual standings. During the second round 8-under 64 Huntzinger played lights out golf birdieing nine-times while only dropping one shot. The junior birdied five-times on the front side and four more times on his way to the house.
Besides Hughes and Huntzinger, Penn State also received a big lift from Cole Miller who shared 12th at 5-under.
Medalist winner Hayden Buckley, twice a winner this year, played stellar golf all weekend long signing for rounds of 68-64-67 and a 17-under-par finishing number that came out to a program best 54-hole score of 199. The senior began his round with three consecutive pars before finding his grove with a birdie on No. 4 and an eagle on the par-5 5th. Overall during the final round Buckley birdied six-times, eagled once and bogeyed three-times.
Behind the two-three combination of Nittany Lions the top-five of the individual standings was concluded by Patrick Cover (UNCW) and Jack Rhea (East Tennessee St.) in a tie of fourth at 10-under.
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54 hole men's college tournament hosted by East
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