STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Rutgers men’s golf tied for third with an 876 (289-284-303) total at the 14-team Rutherford Intercollegiate, played Saturday and Sunday on the Penn State Blue Course. The Scarlet Knights placed ahead of future Big Ten foes Maryland (5th, 878) and Penn State (t-8th, 885) on the par 71, 7,202-yard course.
RU had two competitors place among the top five entries in the 78-player field. Sophomore Jonathan Chang (Valencia, Calif.) finished third with a two under 211 (68-72-71). Senior Jonathan Renza (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) carded a one-over par 214 (69-66-79) to place fifth.
Sophomore Louis Bodine (Flemington, N.J.) turned in a strong effort as well and provided Rutgers three competitors among the top 20. He tied for 19th with a 220 (75-70-75).
Freshmen Chase Wheatley (Corona del Mar, Calif.) and Michael Howe (Temecula, Calif.) comprised the rest of the Rutgers scorecard. Wheatley tied for 44th with a 225 (74-74-77) and Howe tied for 46th with a 226 (78-72-76).
Minnesota won the tournament with an 860 (286-278-296), 12 strokes ahead of second place Seton Hall (295-293-284=872) Golden Gopher Jose Mendez captured individual medalist honors by three strokes with a six-under 207 (68-65-74).
Rutgers, under the leadership of head coach Rob Shutte, returns to the links at the American Athletic Conference Championship, April 27-29 in Palm Harbor, Fla.