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It was yet another impressive performance by Indiana University of Pennsylvania golf this week, as the team won the Glade Springs Intercollegiate Championship in Daniels, W. Va., by a commanding 27 strokes on Tuesday.
Zack Kempa (senior, marketing) claimed the individual victory at the event, shooting a 6-over 222 on the par 72 course. Kempa has won both of the first two tournaments to start the season.
“Well [it was] another great week for myself and the team. We are now two for two,” said Kempa. “I am very proud of the boys. We had a great three days, and [it] was great to have won by a large number of shots.”
However, the victory did not come easy for the prolific senior, as Kempa described the course as “one of the toughest courses I have played.”
Kempa was not the only one to have a great day on the green for the Crimson Hawks, as two other golfers placed within the top five.
Jack Owen (junior, sports administration) finished five strokes behind Kempa in a tie for third with an 11-over 227, while Kenny Sames (sophomore, business) posted a tie for fifth place with a 13-over 229.
“[The tournament] was great. We are playing unstoppable right now, and we are trying to win every tournament by as much as we can,” Sames said, who posted the best score out of anyone in the final round with 1-under 71.
“We were great this whole week. Given the fact the course was set up tough…we held it together well and won easily in the end,” said Owen. “It helps having three of five in the top five and [Brady Moran (freshman, safety science) and Max Kirsch (freshman, biology)] contributing massively.”
“It was a tough course, but I’m glad we got to play there and show our real talent,” Moran said. “It was a grind all the way, and we pretty much showed everyone we don’t quit.”
Kirsch finished with a 21-over 237, while Moran tied for 28th with a 25- over 241. Moran also provided one of the largest highlights of the week for the team, as he nailed an ever-rare hole-in-one in the second round.
The shot earned some fine praise from his teammates.
“Congratulations to Brady for his hole-in-one…during the second round,” Kempa said.
Owen called it a great way to top off the week. As a whole, IUP sat six shots off the lead after the first round with a 315, as West Chester posted a 309.
It was the following rounds that lead to the team’s dominating finish. The Crimson Hawks rallied with two consecutive rounds of 296, blowing open the lead and allowing the team to finish with a 43-over 907.
None of the other 15 teams could keep up with the frenetic pace, as not one of them shot better than a 305 in any round. Millersville University finished second with a 70-over 934, while West Chester University came in third with a 74-over 938.
While the team is white hot right now, they will have to try to not lose that momentum over their upcoming two-week break.
The Crimson Hawks will take the competitive green again Sept. 28-29 when they travel to Lorton, Va., for the Patriot Intercollegiate, hosted by George Mason University.