PISCATAWAY, N.J. – RU junior Jacob Stockl (Clark, N.J.) carded a four under par 138 (70-68-71) to win the 90-player Rutgers Invitational, played Friday and Saturday at the par 71, 6,347-yard Rutgers University Golf Course. Buoyed by Stockl’s performance, the Scarlet Knights placed third in the 16-team field with an 864 (287-284-293) effort.
“Practice has been very competitive and I really think Jacob benefitted from that today,” said Rutgers head coach Rob Shutte. “Our depth is paying dividends for the whole roster. Jacob is a junior now, so it was great to see him translate that experience into an impressive performance. I’m very excited for him. He definitely earned the victory.”
Stockl led the tournament in par five scoring, par three scoring and pars. He was minus seven in par five scoring, minus two in par three scoring and registered 40 pars in the 54-hole event. He also had an eagle to his credit.
Senior Jonathan Renza (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) tied for ninth with a 215 (72-69-74). He was minus three in par five scoring, even in par four scoring and had 11 birdies.
Sophomore Jonathan Chang (Valenica, Calif.), senior Doug Walters (Blairstown, N.J.) and freshman Michael Howe (Temecula, Calif.) comprised the rest of the Scarlet scorecard. Chang tied for 15th with a 219 (73-70-76), Walters tied for 39th with a 224 (72-77-75) and Howe tied for 50th with a 227 (76-78-73) in his first collegiate event.
The Scarlet Knights had a second five competing as well, which tied for ninth with an 894 (305-298-291) score and was comprised of senior Dillon Corbo (Montville, N.J.), junior Hyung Mo Kim (Norwood, N.J.), sophomore Louis Bodine (Flemington, N.J.) and freshmen Ryan Rose (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) and Chase Wheatley (Corona del Mar, Calif.). Wheatley tied for 20th with a 221 (75-73-73).
USC Upstate carded an 855 (289-284-282) to win the Invitational for a third consecutive year. Upstate out-distanced second place Bethune-Cookman by two strokes. USC Upstate had three competitors finish among the top six.
The Scarlet Knights return to the links Sept. 23-24 at the Hartford (Conn.) Invitational.