Penn State couldn’t quite pull off its second straight tournament victory, but Cole Miller did make it two straight individual victories, a win he was able to share with teammate Ryan Dornes.
All this went down Tuesday as the Kingsmill Intercollegiate wrapped up on the River Course at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Tennessee, No. 65 in the latest Golfstat rankings, matched par in the final round with a 280 for a 10-over 850 total that enabled the Volunteers to sneak past the No. 47 Nittany Lions by a single shot for the team title.
Penn State had a three-shot lead on the Vols going into the final round and carded a 4-over 284 total to finish at 11-over 851. The Nittany Lions were coming off a victory earlier this month at the Seminole Intercollegiate and were just barely denied a second straight team win.
For the second straight day, No. 85 Eastern Kentucky had the best team score, a 1-under 279, to finish third at 17-over 857, six shots back of Penn State. No. 78 Louisville had a final-round 288 to take fourth at 861 and No. 123 Sam Houston State carded a final-round 282 to finish fifth at 864.
Temple had a final-round 303 to finish 13th in the 22-team field, three shots ahead of Delaware, which placed 14th at 905 after a final-round 293, its best round of the tournament.
Penn State did not go home empty-handed, however. Dornes, a sophomore who was a scholastic standout at Manheim Township, and Miller, a junior who starred at Northwestern Lehigh, shared the individual title with Marshall’s Clark Robinson, a senior from South Windsor, Conn., all of them finishing at 1-under 209.
The Penn State pair was steady throughout with Dornes opening with a 1-under 69 over the 6,778-yard, par-70 River Course layout and adding a pair of even-par 70s. Miller, coming off his first collegiate individual win at the Seminole, made it two straight as he sandwiched a pair of even-par 70s around a 1-under 69 in the middle round.
“Cole and Ryan worked very hard out there, right down to the wire,” head coach Greg Nye told the Penn State website. “Nothing came easy on recently aerated greens and they both stayed patient. Back-to-back for Cole is impressive and Ryan has worked super-hard to get into our lineup and has just taken off.”
Robinson surged into contention with a 4-under 66 in Monday’s second round and finished up with a 2-over 72 Tuesday.
Tennessee was led by Nolan Ray, a redshirt freshman from Brentwood, Tenn., and Lorenzo Scalise, a junior from Italy. Ray had a final-round 69 to finish alone in fourth, a shot behind the three co-champions at even-par 210. Scalise finished up strong with a 1-under 69 in the second round and a 2-under 68 in the final round to finish in a tie for sixth at 2-over 212.
Also for the Volunteers, Rhys Nevin, a freshman from England, finished tied for 13th at 216 after a final-round 71, Jake Meenhorst, a freshman from New Zealand, finished tied for 25th at 218 after a final-round 73 and Hunter Wolcott, a freshman from Burns, Tenn., finished tied for 43rd at 222 after a final-round 72.
Wolcott had a lot to do with the razor-thin margin of victory as he bounced back from an opening-round 79 to record counting rounds of 71 and 72 the last two days.
Ryan Davis, a freshman from Berkeley Heights, N.J., had another solid showing for Penn State as he finished tied for 13th at 6-over 216 after a final-round 72. Christian Elliott, a senior from Canada, finished tied for 30th at 220 after a final-round 75 and Charles Huntzinger, a sophomore from Duluth, Ga., had his best round of the tournament, a 2-over 72, to finish tied for 51st at 224.
Sam Houston State’s Andrew Ertel, a senior from The Woodlands, Texas, finished fifth at 1-over 211 after a final-round 73. Joining Tennessee’s Scalise in the group tied for sixth at 2-over 212 were Eastern Kentucky’s Erik Lindwall, a sophomore from Sweden, and Louisville’s Nicolas Piatret, a junior from France. Lindwall surged up the leaderboard with Tuesday’s best round, a sizzling 4-under 66, while Piatret finished up with a 72.
Temple was led by John Barone, a redshirt sophomore from Dunmore who finished tied for 43rd at 222 after a final-round 77. Trey Wren, a sophomore from Suffolk, Va., and freshman Marty McGuckin, the Inter-Ac League champion at Malvern Prep as a senior, both landed at 229 in a tie for 74th. Each posted a 76 in the final round.
Junior Mark Farley, a Calvary Christian product, and redshirt freshman Erik Reisner, a two-time Central League champion at Harriton, both ended up at 230 in a tie for 78th. Farley had a final-round 78 while Reisner had his best round of the tournament, a 4-over 74.
Sophomore Sam Soeth, a former Marple Newtown standout, competed as an individual and carded a 78.
The Delaware contingent got a couple of solid final rounds from Jack Gianniny, a junior from Pittsford, N.Y., and Mark Oliveri, a senior from Lancaster. Gianniny fired a 1-under 69 to move into a tie for 51st at 224 and Oliveri posted a 1-over 71 to end up in a tie for 62nd at 227.
Also for the Blue Hens, Blaine Lafferty, a junior from Marlton, N.J., also ended up in the group tied for 62nd at 227 with Oliveri after a final-round 75, Mark Benevento, a sophomore from Somers Point, N.J., finished in a tie for 74th at 229 after a final-round 78 and Kieran Purcell, a junior from Jersey City, N.J., finished in a tie for 100th at 237 after a final-round 80.