SOUTH BEND, IN - The Rutgers men's golf team placed third at the BIG EAST men's golf championships after a rare April snowstorm dumped two inches of snow around the northern Indiana area, forcing event officials to cancel Sunday's final round of competition. Scores from Saturday's lone round were recorded as the event's final results.
The Scarlet Knights' opening-round 318, played under gusty winds and occasional snow showers, on Saturday placed them third out of six schools in the event - their highest finish since a third-place showing in 2001.
The tournament, held at the 7,011-yard, par-70 Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, was scheduled for three rounds over two days but inclement weather prior to the weekend forced tournament officials to shorten the event to two rounds with one round each on Saturday and Sunday. The snowstorm then forced the cancellation of Sunday's final round.
Notre Dame won the tournament for the second-consecutive year after carding a 311 in Saturday's lone round. Rutgers was just two strokes behind second-place Georgetown and seven strokes back from the first-place Irish. Mark Baldwin of Notre Dame won the individual competition with a five-over-par 75.
Junior Mike Kosup (Flemington, NJ) tied for third overall with a seven-over-par 77. He finished just two strokes behind the winner. Senior Brent Pittman (Montvale, NJ), who placed 11th in last season's BIG EAST Championships, tied for seventh place after shooting a nine-over-par, 79 on Saturday. By finishing among the top seven golfers, both Kosup and Pittman earned All-BIG EAST honors.
Junior Erick Morales (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) carded an 80 to tie for ninth overall. Junior Jason Bataille (South Plainfield, NJ) and sophomore Seth Hirschhorn (Willingboro, NJ) each fired an 82 and to tie for 16th overall.Rutgers will return to action next Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, at the Penn State Invitational in State College, PA.