The Georgetown men’s golf team enjoyed two solid days of play this weekend at the Bearcat Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati at the Traditions Golf Club in Hebron, Ky. The Hoyas shot a 5-over par 289 on Monday, which was the lowest of the competing teams in the final round and good enough for the Blue and Gray to tie for fifth place overall.
As the team traveled to the Midwest, they faced fifteen tough squads from Austin Peay, Bowling Green, Belmont, Cincinnati, Kentucky (with two teams), Marshall, Morehead State, Oakland, Ohio, and Youngstown State.
“Anytime we travel to the Midwest we will compete against a number of experienced and talented golf teams,” Head Coach Tommy Hunter said. “We knew going in we had to play well in order to gain a respectable finish.”
The Hoyas stepped up to the challenge over the weekend, with three golfers making notable improvements in their personal performances, especially in the final round.
Senior Brian Dorfman earned medalist honors after winning the first hole of a playoff against Cincinnati’s David Tepe. Dorfman was tied for sixth place out of the 79 golfers with an even-par 142 after the first two rounds. He shot 2-over par in the first round and two under par in the second.
Dorfman shot a bogey-free round on the final day and concluded the tournament with a 3-under par 68. Dorfman was tied for sixth with Tepe after the first day, and his Cincinnati foe also shot a 68 in the final round to force a playoff at the 10th hole to decide the winner. But on the difficult 460-yard hole, Tepe’s tee shot landed in the rough. Capitalizing on his opponent’s mishap, Dorfman made par on the sudden-death hole to clinch his second win of the season as well as notching the third win of his career.
Two other noteworthy performances came from freshman Greg Podufal and senior co-captain Taylor Hall. Podufal entered the final day of golf tied for 56th, ended it tied for 32nd after a 1-under par round. Hall also made an impressive comeback.,tying for 50th place after the first two rounds and rallying the last day to tie for 40th overall.
Next up for the Hoyas will be the Georgetown Intercollegiate Tournament at the Members Club at Four Streams, in Beallsville, Md. on October 17 and 18. That will be the final event in Georgetown’s fall season.
“The momentum from this last round will hopefully remain with us and carry us through,” Hunter said.
– Rae Underberg