Butler men’s golf ties for third at Butler Spring Invitational

Logan Sabins tracks his shot at the 2017 Butler Fall Invitational. The Butler men’s golf team finished in a tie for third place at the Butler Spring Invitational this season. Collegian file photo.

JOSH MULLENIX | STAFF REPORTER | jmulleni@butler.edu

The Butler men’s golf team finished tied for third in the Butler Spring Invitational, which took place at Highland Golf Club April 1-2. The Bulldogs were led by freshman Raymond Sullivan. The freshman finished in a tie for fourth individually.

The seven team field included three other teams from Indiana: IUPUI, Fort Wayne and Valparaiso. Detroit Mercy and Ohio rounded out the field while Ball State had individuals representing them but did not field a full lineup.

After day one, Sullivan and Pat Allgeier led the Bulldogs to a second place standing. Allgeier and Sullivan both carded 69’s on the first 18 holes and sat in a tie for second individually. After a second round 73, Allgeier finished in a tie for eighth.

Logan Sabins and Nick Williams walked in stride during both rounds as both golfers backed up first round 73’s with second round 74’s. The two round totals of 147 were good enough for a tie for 24th. Michael Casino rounded out Butler’s starting lineup with an 8-over par total to finish in 30th.

The course might have been Butler’s home track, but the Butler Spring Invitational belonged to the Jaguars of IUPUI. The Jaguars took home both the team and individual titles finishing the tournament 11 shots clear of Fort Wayne who finished in second.

The first round belonged to IUPUI’s Nick Bienz. Bienz overwhelmed the field in day one carding a 6-under par 64. A 3-over 73 on the final day was good enough to take home the individual title by two strokes.

Since the event was hosted by Butler, the Bulldogs fielded a second lineup that finished in seventh in the team standings. Senior Ricky Kuiper led that lineup finishing in a tie for 24th at 7-over par.

The Bulldogs are sticking around Indianapolis for their next event which is the Big Four Classic at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana on April 9.

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