Golf finishes sixth at Big East tourney

Mark O'Neil

The men’s golf team finished sixth at the Big East Championships this week, its best finish since the 2006 season. The tournament was delayed due to heavy rains in Palm Harbor, Fla., and the three-day tournament was finally completed on Tuesday. Georgetown won the team competition, followed by Notre Dame, Louisville, Seton Hall and St. John’s, respectively.

Junior Conor Casey was the top finisher for the Wildcats, finishing in a tie for eighth place with a three-day total of 217.  He was followed closely by sophomore Brian Colbert, who finished the tournament with a total of 219. 

Junior Brendan Kelly and freshman Steve Skurla both finished with three-day totals of 222, and junior Colin List rounded out the lineup with a final score of 239.  

The team put up a combined three-day score of 880, just a single stroke behind St. John’s fifth place finish. The tournament was very close, as the winning Georgetown Hoyas finished with a score of 873, just seven strokes ahead of the Wildcats.  Georgetown edged out Notre Dame by a single stroke to win the tournament. The Hoyas’ Vincenzo Salina won the individual tournament by making birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Notre Dame’s Tom Usher and Max Scodro, along with St. John’s Evan Beirne.  

Casey started off the tournament with a solid round of 76, but turned it on in the last two rounds, closing with rounds of 71 and 70, respectively. 

In the final round, Casey finished his final eight holes in two under par to finish just two shots behind the individual leaders. He totaled eight birdies throughout the three days to finish in a tie for fourth in most birdies made, finishing the tournament 1-under on the Par 3’s and Par 5’s.

Colbert also had a strong finish for the ‘Cats, finishing in a tie for 15th overall.  His three-day total of 219 was only four shots behind the individual leaders and was paced by a second round 69 during which he made six birdies.  

He finished the tournament tied for first in Par 3 scoring, as he went 2-under for the tournament on the Par 3 holes.  

Junior Brendan Kelly, who also had a good showing, was one of only five players to make an eagle during the course of the tournament. 

He finished tied for second in Par 5 scoring average, as he was 5-under on the Par 5’s during the tournament.