Butler Places Seventh At BIG EAST Championship
April 29, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
BUTLER SPORTS RELEASE
CALLAWASSIE ISLAND, S.C. -- Butler carded its best round of the tournament on the final day and wound up placing seventh in the BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship, which wrapped up at Callawassie Island Golf Club on Tuesday, April 29. St. John's won the 54-hole tournament and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The Bulldogs posted a team score of 309 in the final round and ended the tournament with a three-day total of 939. Butler opened the tournament with a team total of 316, before trimming two strokes off in the second round.
Junior Andrew Eiler led the Bulldogs with three consecutive rounds of five-over-par 77. He shared the team's scoring lead in the first round, led the Bulldogs in the second round and shared the second-best Butler score in the final round. His 54-hole total of 231 was good for 20th place in the final individual standings.
Sophomore Brigham Stewart tied for 21st place with rounds of 77, 79 and 76 (232). His final day score was the best single round carded by a Butler player at the league championship.
Senior Matt Vitale came in third for the Bulldogs and tied for 33rd overall with three consecutive rounds of 79 (237), while freshman Joey Arcuri tied for 37th with back-to-back rounds of 83 on the first two days, before closing with a 77 (243). Junior Logan Holt closed out Butler's five-man squad with rounds of 89, 79 and 81 (249) and a tie for 41st place.
St. John's senior Ryan McCormick claimed BIG EAST medalist honors with three consecutive sub-par rounds. He shot a one-under-par 71 in each of the first two rounds and then closed with a three-under par 69 for a 54-hole total of 211.
St. John's led the tournament wire-to-wire, opening with a team score of 290, shooting a 295 in the second round and finishing with a 297 for a three-round total of 882. Marquette finished second with a final score of 892, followed by DePaul (899), Georgetown (908), Xavier (910), Seton Hall (911), Butler, Villanova (954) and Creighton (957).