Piscataway, N.J. – The Rutgers men’s golf team placed second with an 877 (296-289-292) total at the 15-team Rutgers Invitational, played Friday and Saturday at the Rutgers University Golf Course. Defending tournament champion USC Upstate prevailed once again, carding an 874 (289-289-296) on the par 71, 6,337-yard course.
Freshman Jonathan Chang (Valencia, Calif.) paced the Scarlet Knights, carding a one-under 212 (73-68-71) to place third in the 83-competitor field. Chang was a tournament-best minus two in par three scoring, while also finishing minus one on par four’s. He had 34 pars.
Junior Doug Walters (Blairstown, N.J.) also performed exceptionally well for RU, enabling the home club to jump two positions in the final round. He carded a 217 (71-74-72) to finish tied for fifth. Walters was an event-best tying minus six in par five scoring
Sophomore Jacob Stockl (Clark, N.J.) joined Chang and Stockl in the top 10, posting a 220 (75-71-74) to place tied for 10th. He was also an event-best tying minus six in par five scoring.
Senior John Fagan (Flemington, N.J.) and junior Jonathan Renza (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) comprised the rest of the team scorecard. Fagan tied for 32nd with a 228 (77-76-75) and Renza tied for 61st with a 236 (83-78-75).
Playing as an individual, sophomore Hyung Mo Kim (Norwood, N.J.) tied for 10th with a 220 (70-77-73).
Chang, Walters, Stockl, Kim and freshman Louis Bodine (Flemington, N.J.), also playing as an individual, all registered eagles during the 54-hole tournament.
USC Upstate’s Adam Goins captured individual medalist honors with a three-under par 210 (66-70-74), one stroke better than St. Peter’s Eric Edmunds.
Rutgers, under the leadership of head coach Rob Shutte, return to the links for the Hartford Hawks Invitational, September 24-25 in Hartford, Conn.