For the third time in five years, Marquette is YOUR Big East Men’s Golf champion!
It’s the fourth conference title in program history, with all four coming in the last 11 years.
Of the three since The Reformation, this one was the least dramatic. In 2015, Pat Sanchez holed out to save par on 18 to clinch the Big East title and complete an eight stroke rally on the final day of competition. 2017’s title was claimed when MU wiped out a 17 stroke deficit at the start of play on Day #3 to beat Seton Hall by one stroke.
There was no such tension on Sunday at Callawassie Island Golf Club in South Carolina. Marquette trailed Creighton by five strokes after the first day of action, but by the end of Day #2, the Golden Eagles found themselves leading by six strokes. That lead just grew and grew and grew all day Sunday, with Marquette finishing up at +8 as a team for three rounds. DePaul finished in second place at +32, a whopping 24 strokes behind Marquette. Like I said, no drama in this title.
Marquette made it simple with all five players finishing in the top 16 of the 45 player field. Matt Murlick led the way for the Golden Eagles with a score of one over par for the three rounds, finishing just one stroke behind Xavier’s Garrett Wood for the individual title. Oliver Farrell finished in sixth at +2, Tyler Leach was seventh at +3, and Austin Kendziorski was tied for eighth at +5. Hunter Eichhorn, last year’s individual champion, rounded out the group tied for 14th place at +10. Only DePaul managed to match Marquette with two players in the top 10, and with the Golden Eagles throwing four of their group of five into the top 10 and ties, you can see how no one came anywhere close to beating MU this weekend.
Now Marquette waits to find out their destination for the NCAA Regionals. The NCAA Selection Show will be on Wednesday, May 1st at 8pm Central and will be televised on the Golf Channel.