Last weekend, YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles came away with an 11th place finish in the Noblesville Regional of the 2015 NCAA Men's Golf Tournament. MU carded rounds of 306, 290, and 308 to finish 40 strokes over par as a team and 44 strokes back from regional champion Illinois. The goal was to finish in the top five, though, as those squads would advance to the NCAA finals in Florida, but MU ended the 54 holes 33 strokes behind fifth place Oregon.
After starting the regional with an 18 over par 306, Marquette bounced back nicely on the second day. The four best cards of the day were just two total strokes over par, and that left Marquette sitting 11 strokes back of fifth place heading into the final day. Given that you're going to score the four best cards out of your five players, 11 team strokes back isn't all that much ground to make up. However, none of MU's players were able to crack par on the final day, with Brandon Cloete's +2 ending up as the best showing.
Cloete and Big East individual co-champion Pat Sanchez finished with the best individual score for Marquette, with both men registering a score of 223 to finish seven shots over par and tied for 29th place.
It was just Marquette's second appearance in the NCAA tournament, with both times coming after the Golden Eagles snagged the Big East championship. Cloete is the only senior amongst the five players that represented MU at both the Big East and NCAA tournaments, so it stands to reason that Marquette could have a decent shot at repeating as Big East champs again next year.
If you're looking for a rooting interest in the NCAA final later this week, which will be televised on The Golf Channel, may I suggest looking no further than our old friends at South Florida? The #13 ranked Bulls were the only team in their regional to finish better than par, and they finished FOURTEEN strokes under par. As an encore, they'll be playing in the NCAA finals just an hour's drive from campus at The Concession Golf Club, and oh, by the way, USF is the official host of the event.