Cole Berman was certainly proud of the two Inter-Ac League individual titles he won at The Haverford School, but he was prouder of the team success the Fords had while he was there. He left a winning legacy behind.
Berman, a sophomore, was certainly smiling Tuesday as he and his Georgetown teammates pulled away for a decisive team victory at the Big East Championship at Callawassie Island, S.C. It was the first Big East title for the Hoyas since 2010 and earned them an automatic berth to the NCAA regionals. Their destination will be revealed Thursday morning when 81 teams will be placed in six regional tournaments.
Georgetown finished off its best round of the tournament when it completed the suspended second round at 3-under 285 and then added a 1-over 289 in the final round for an even-par 864 total that was a whopping 27 shots clear of runnerup Xavier, which had a final-round 301 and a 27-over 891 total.
DePaul was another five shots back in third at 896, Marquette finished fourth at 898 and St. John’s rounded out the top five with an 899 total. Villanova had a final-round 310 to finish eighth at 926.
Georgetown put four players in the top 10, led by Sam Madsen, a sophomore from Madison, Wis. who had a final-round 73 over the 6,960-yard, par-72 Dogwood and Magnolia nines to finish alone in second place in the individual chase at 3-under 213.
Berman, a member at Philadelphia Cricket Club and the reigning BMW Philadelphia Amateur champion, was another shot back in a tie for third at 2-under 214 after a final-round 71. Harrison Rhoades, the Hoyas’ talented freshman from Raleigh, N.C., fired his third straight 73 and finished tied for fifth at 3-over 219.
Jack Musgrave, a sophomore from Chesterton, Ind., had a final-round 76 to finish tied for ninth at 6-over 222. And Kevin Jackson, a freshman from Atlanta, saved his best for last, a final round of even-par 72 to finish 26th at 230.
Three sophomores and two freshmen. Hmm, looks like the immediate future is pretty bright for Tommy Hunter’s program.
The individual title went to Seton Hall’s Lloyd Jefferson Go, a junior from the Philippines. Go completed a brilliant 7-under 65 in the middle round and finished up with a 3-over 75 to end up at 6-under 210, three shots clear of Madsen.
Xavier’s Jose Montano, a sophomore from Bolivia, had a final-round 75 to gain a share of third with Berman at 2-under 214. And DePaul’s Freddy Thomas, a sophomore from Lakeville, Minn., carded a final-round 71 to get a share of fifth with Rhoades at 3-over 219.
Villanova was led by Lucas Trim, a junior from Tampa, Fla. who had a final-round 78 to finish 13th at 8-over 224. Senior Luke Waggoner of Crystal Lake, Ill., went out in style as he posted a solid 2-over 74 to finish a shot back of Trim in a tie for 14th at 225.
Rounding out the Villanova contingent were: Adam MacMillan, a sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz. who had final-round 80 to finish tied for 36th at 238; Will Byrne, a sophomore from McLean, Va. who had a final-round 78 to finish 42nd at 247; and Zach Egermayer, a sophomore from Glen Rock, Ill. who had a final-round 85 to finish 43rd at 248.
The American Athletic Conference Championship also wrapped up Tuesday at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla. and Temple senior Brandon Matthews fired a 2-under 70 over the 7,025-yard, par-72 Quarry Course to finish alone in fifth in the individual chase at 3-under 213.
Barring an individual invite to the NCAA regionals – and he did nab one a year ago – Matthews, the 2010 PIAA champion at Pittston, might have wrapped up his brilliant Temple career. Winner of the Philadelphia Open in two of the last three years, Matthews reached the second stage of the PGA Tour qualifying process last fall. He has the talent and the makeup to get to the highest level of professional golf.
“In my opinion, he is the best player in Temple history,” his coach, Brian Quinn, told the Temple website. “His future in golf is going to be long and hopefully prosperous. He is an incredible talent and it has been a privilege to watch him play golf and improve as a player.”
South Florida, No. 15 in the latest Golfstat rankings, ran away from a talented field to successfully defend its American team crown The Bulls finished up with a 10-under 278 to finish with a 19-under 845 total, 20 shots clear of runnerup Memphis, ranked 39th. The Tigers posted a 7-under 281 in the final round to finish at 1-over 865.
Houston, ranked 35th, was another six shots back in third at 7-over 871 following a final-round 292, East Carolina had a final-round 294 to finish fourth at 9-over 873 and Central Florida had a final-round 289 to take fifth at 12-over 876. Temple had its best round of the tournament, a 6-over 294, to finish eighth at 901.
South Florida was led by individual champion Aksel Olsen, a senior from Norway. Olsen shot a final round of 3-under 69 to finish at 7-under 209 and hold off Memphis’ hard-charging Thomas Perrot, a senior from France, by a shot. Perrot fired a final round of 5-under 67, but came up just short of catching Olsen.
South Florida’s Chase Koepka, a senior from West Palm Beach, Fla. and younger brother of rising PGA Tour star Brooks Koepka, matched par in the final round with a 72 to finish third at 5-under 211. Teammate Claudio Correa, a sophomore from Chile, was another shot back in fourth at 4-under 212. Correa fired a 4-under 68 in the final round.
Rounding out the Temple contingent were: Sophomore Mark Farley, a Calvary Christian product who had a final-round 76 to finish 26th at 225; freshman Gary McCabe, a former La Salle standout who had a final-round 75 to finish tied for 36th; John Barone, a redshirt freshman from Dunmore who saved his best round for last, a 1-over 73, to finish tied for 40th at 234; and Trey Wren, a freshman from Suffolk, Va. who had a final-round 81 to finish tied for 43rd at 239.