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After a 12-day hiatus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania golf pressed through a sluggish start to a respectable finish against Division I opponents at the Patriot Intercollegiate in Lorton, Va.
The Crimson Hawks placed seventh among 11 teams, finishing above the University of Delaware, La Salle University, Villanova University and Wagner College.
It was the opening round that turned out to be the downfall of the team, as they finished second to last with a 314.
However, the team did improve after each round. The team marked a 296 in the second round, followed by a 290 in the final round.
Leading the way for the team was Brett Geiser (sophomore, management), who finished in a six-way tie for 14th with a 6-over 219.
“I really liked the layout of the course and just had a really good showing this weekend,” Geiser said. “That was the first time I’ve finished first among my teammates, and it felt good to know I played well enough to beat them because they are all so skilled.”
Finishing second among the Crimson Hawks was Zack Kempa (senior, marketing), who marked a 9-over 222. His score landed him in a tie for 22nd with Andrew Kim of Columbia University.
Max Kirsch (freshman, biology/pre-med) was the next IUP name down the list of competitors, as he finished with a 14-over 227 that tied for 33rd. Kenny Sames (sophomore, business) shot a 16-over 229, which netted him a tie for 38th. Brady Moran (freshman, safety science) and Jack Owen (junior, sports administration) rounded out the golfers for IUP, shooting an 18-over 231 and a 19-over 232 respectively.
In the end, Kempa said he was dissatisfied with his performance and felt that his squad, as a whole, was frustrated with the outcome of the tournament.
“I think I speak for the team by saying we had a very disappointing finish last week,” Kempa said. “I know for myself my score did not reflect how I played. That happens in this game. They are not all going to be good weeks.”
The team had won their first two tournaments in impressive fashion, as they won by 15 strokes in the opening tournament of the season and by 27 strokes in the second contest.
Kempa in particular was red hot, as he claimed the individual victories at both events, which in turn netted him Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference golfer of the week honors two weeks in a row.
The next outing will be the Challenge at Mystic Rock, hosted by California University of Pennsylvania Oct. 7 and 8.