With 48 other players in Texas competing with them for just one individual player spot in the NCAA finals, the odds were against Marquette‘s Hunter Eichhorn and Matt Murlick securing the spot.
So when neither of them did finish with the low score not on one of the five advancing teams at the NCAA Bryan Regional back on May 16th, it doesn’t represent any kind of failure or whatever you want to call it. As it turns out, Ole Miss’ Hunter Thornberry is the defending NCAA individual champion, and he threw together an eight-under par performance to finish fourth overall and lock up the individual player position at the NCAA finals.
Matt Murlick closed up round #3 at Traditions Club with birdies on three of his final four holes to finish with a three round score of 217, which was one-over par. While that was well off Thornberry’s pace, it is the best NCAA performance in Marquette history, both in stroke count and relative to par. Mike Van Sickle threw together a five-over par 221 in 2009 for the previous record. Hunter Eichhorn, who won the Big East individual title this year, finished with a score of 219 to end up at three-over par. You’ll note that Eichhorn’s score is now the second best NCAA performance in Marquette history, so it was a record setting three days for the Golden Eagles all the way around.
With regionals over, the Marquette golf season is officially over. Garrett Loomis was the only senior on the team, so the Golden Eagles should be poised for another successful season in 2018-19. Loomis finishes his collegiate career as a two-time Big East champion, and as a member of the first Marquette golf team to ever earn a national ranking. We thank him for all of his work to help raise the program to the heights that it has reached.