Golf: Men place 10th at Indiana Invitational

The men’s golf team placed 10th of 16 teams at the two-day Indiana Invitational, which concluded Sunday.

Junior Andrew Wegeng led the team, shooting a 2-over-par 215 to finish tied for 12th place.

“I think we were too inconsistent,” Wegeng said. “We had some good scores, but we were not able to put three or four good scores together in any of the rounds.”

Wegeng had the lowest score for the Bulldogs on both days of play, ending the first day with a 2-under-par 69.

Wegeng’s performance was not enough to move Butler up the standings, however, as the team ended the first day being in 11th place.

“It is tough to say exactly where we needed improvement, but overall I think we struggled mainly on the greens,” Wegeng said. “We did not putt nearly well enough to contend.”

The team’s showing at Indiana was a stark contrast to its first place finish in the Big Four tournament at Crooked Stick April 5.

In that event, the Bulldogs swept the top three individual positions, with Wegeng and senior Alex Walker tying for first place overall with a 3-over-par 75. Freshman Andrew Eiler captured third place with a 7-over-par 79.

“I was proud of how I hung in there and shot 75 on a day where I was not hitting it very well,” Wegeng said. “Hitting only two fairways and seven greens in regulation at a difficult course like Crooked Stick usually results in a bad score, but I was able to turn it into a respectable score.”

The Butler women’s golf team also won at Crooked Stick.

Senior Michele Nash finished the tournament in first place, shooting a 1-under-par 71.

“It was nice to shoot under par,” Nash said. “I worked a lot on my putting during the week leading up to the tournament, and it definitely paid off.”

Senior Clare Cornelius, who finished tied for seventh place, said she was pleased with the team’s performance and is looking forward to its next tournament.

“I think we are definitely playing on a level to be successful,” Cornelius said. “We are all competitive players and have a lot of talent on this team. I am very excited and proud of this team for what we have accomplished thus far, and I believe we can continue that success for the rest of the season.”

The men’s team will compete next in the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational on April 21 in Muncie.

The women will head to Indiana Saturday for the Indiana Invitational.

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