Louisville junior Simon Zach set school record's on his way to medalist honors
(Louisville Athletics Photo)
PRINCEVILLE, HI (October 31, 2017) - Louisville rolled in 82 birdies and seven eagles on their way to the title at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. Led by medalist Simon Zach the Cardinals finished a school record 56-under-par to win by nine shots over 47-under San Diego State.
Zach, a junior from Prague, Czech Republic, earned his first career victory with a 21-under showing that included 21 birdies and two eagles. The 21-under performance which included rounds of 66-63-66 was a new school record.
Beginning the day at Makai Golf Club at Princeville two shots back Zach parred his first eight holes before catching fire during the final 10 holes. Zach began his run with three consecutive birdies on Nos. 9-11 and then he added another one on the 13th. A bogey did follow on the 14th but Zach sprinted to the finish line with a birdie on the 17th and an eagle on the par-5 18th that provided his winning margin of two-strokes.
On the day Zach birdied five-times, eagled once and dropped just one shot.
However, for Louisville it was an entire team effort as every player on the roster finished under-par and contributed at least one round to the team tally. Matthias Schmid finished tied for third at 18-under and would have set all the school records if it hadn't been for Zach, Nicolas Platret tied for 13th at 9-under, the 7-under Keegan DeLange was tied for 21st while Erik Dulik shared 41st at 3-under.
The win for Louisville was their second of the season after they had won their own Louisville Cardinal Intercollegiate at the end of September.
The top-five of the team standings was rounded out by Missouri (-40) in third, No. T22 UCLA (-37) was fourth while in fifth it was No. 9 Wake Forest (-33).
In the individual race second round leader Hayden Buckley (Missouri) was second at 19-under, Steven Fisk (Georgia Southern) and Schmid shared third at 18-under and in fifth it was Noah Steele (Sam Houston State) at 17-under.
Of Note: Steven Fisk had the round of the tournament on Monday with a 12-under 60. Fisk birdied 10-times and eagled once, he had a putt for the first 59 in college golf this season but it burned the left edge.
Hayden Buckley took the lead into the final round following an 11-under 61 on day two. For Buckley his scorecard included nine birdies and an eagle.
Defending NCAA Individual Champion Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss was in the field and finished tied for 32nd at 4-under.
ABOUT THE Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational
54 hole men's college tournament hosted by the
University of Hawaii. Team (best four scores out of five
players each round) and individual competitions.
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