HARRISONBURG, VA – Senior Brent Pittman (Montvale, NJ) won the 30th annual James Madison Invitational on Monday, held at the 6,496-yard, par-71 Lakeview Golf Course in Harrisonburg, VA. Pittman carded a nine-under-par 204 (69-69-66) for the three round-tournament to finish one stroke better than Georgetown’s Nick Cook. Monday’s round of 66 was a tournament low.
Pittman bested 82 players in the event, leading Rutgers to a fifth place finish out of 17 schools. As a team, the Scarlet Knights shot a nine-over-par 861 (289-288-284) for three rounds, finishing 15 strokes back of first place Georgetown, which shot 846 (287-275-284).
“Brent was on fire all weekend,” said Rutgers head coach Maura Waters. “He had six birdies on the back nine. He has the capability of playing this well all season. I am excited for him and this team.”
Pittman becomes the first men’s player to win a tournament since Ryan MacDonald won the Lehigh Invitational during the 2001 season.
Sophomore Mike Kosup (Flemington, NJ) tied for 13th place in the tournament, registering a one-over-par 214 (70-73-71). Senior Brian Whitman (Blairstown, NJ) shot a 222 (75-72-75) for three rounds to tie for 49th overall. Junior Erick Morales (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) finished three strokes behind Whitman, recording a 225 (75-78-72) to finish in a tie for 64th place. Junior Jason Bataille (South Plainfield, NJ) carded a 236 (80-74-82) to place 80th overall.
The tournament was scheduled to begin Saturday, Sept. 20, but was pushed back a day after Hurricane Isabel swept through the area. The two-event was played in its entirety Sunday and Monday.
Rutgers will return to action this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, traveling to Bethpage, NY, to compete in the St. John’s Invitational.