Sorrento, Fla. – The Stetson men’s golf team captured a 4½ to 3½ victory over Loyola of Chicago Friday in a head-to-head match at Red Tail Golf Club.
“It was good for our guys to go out and compete in a little different format and to get a win,” head coach Larry Watson said. “It was also good for us to give so many of our players a chance to compete.”
The Hatters lost the first match of the event when sophomore David Torres fell to Loyola’s Alex Cusuman. After and up and down battle, Torres was unable to make up a three-shot deficit on the back nine and fell 72-75.
Kuehler evened the match with a decisive 76-85 victory over Nick Dennis. Taylor then battled to a draw Willenborg after both players posted scores of 78.
Stetson then posted three straight wins. Peterson and Stark both won easily, with Peterson posting a 73 to post a four-shot win over Garret Marschke (77) and Stark’s 75 allowing him an eight shot win over P.J. Riner (83).
White capped the victory by edging Anthony Maroon by one shot, 82-83.
The Hatters will be back in action this weekend when they compete in the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular, hosted by George Mason University, at Mission Inn Resort & Club, located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The club is home to two spectacular courses, El Campéon and Las Colinas.
The tournament will feature 36 holes of competition on El Campéon, a par 72, 7,001 yard layout, on Saturday, with a single 18-hole round to follow on Sunday.
The Hatters will be joined in the tournament, which features 17 teams, by Appalachian State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M, High Point, Indiana-Purdue-Ft. Wayne (IPFW), Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis (IUPUI), Morehead State, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Texas Tech, Connecticut, Virginia Commonwealth (VCU), Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky, in addition to the host team from George Mason.
Indiana University captured the team title in 2013 with a score of 869. The Hatters finished 15th in the 18-team field with a score of 932. Dingus and Primavera were the top performers for Stetson last year. Both finished tied for 54th at 16 over par.