REUNION, FL (May 1, 2012) – The Rutgers men’s golf team improved with every round, carding a 922 (312-306-304) to place 11th at the BIG EAST Championship, played Sunday through Tuesday on the Watson Course at Reunion Resort & Club. Sophomores Jonathan Renza (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) and Doug Walters (Blairstown, N.J.) paced the Scarlet Knights with 224 scorecards to finish tied for 26th in the 60-player field.
Walters (74-76-74) was even in par three scoring and had 37 pars. Renza (74-74-76) was plus one in par three scoring.
Of the five student-athletes to compete for a young Rutgers squad, none were seniors. RU fielded one freshman, three sophomores and one junior.
Freshman Jacob Stockl (Clark, N.J.), sophomore Dillon Corbo (Montville, N.J.) and junior John Fagan (Flemington, N.J.), comprised the rest of the team scorecard. Stockl placed 54th with a 238 (84-78-76), Corbo tied for 55th with a 241 (85-78-78) and Fagan finished 60th with a 248 (80-84-84). Stockl improved with every round and was plus one in par three scoring.
Notre Dame senior Max Scodro became just the second player in conference history to repeat as the BIG EAST individual champion as he led the Irish to its second consecutive title. The Irish posted a three-day total of 852 (284-286-282) to win their eighth championship in program history. The Irish earned the BIG EAST’s automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships and will learn their postseason destination when regional sites are announced May 7 at 9 p.m.
Notre Dame, which held a six-stroke lead after two days of competition, saw two golfers shoot rounds of four-under-par 68 Tuesday, helping the Irish to a final-round 282. Notre Dame finished 16 strokes ahead of second-place Louisville (285-292-291—868), marking the largest margin of victory in the BIG EAST Championship since Virginia Tech’s 17-stroke win in 2002.
The event marked the final tournament of the 2011-12 season for the Scarlet Knights, who are under the leadership of first-year head coach Rob Shutte.