Hewett Leads Wildcats to Championship at George Washington Invite
April 5, 2005
ISSUE, Md. - Behind the strong play of juniors Jonathan Hewett and Colin Mahon, Villanova captured the team title at a tournament for the first time in nearly eight years. Both players shot a 1-over-par 73 in the rain-shortened George Washington Invite, and the Wildcats team total of 303 was best among the 26 participating schools.
Hewett defeated Mahon and two other golfers in a playoff to determine medalist honors among the 130 golfers in the field. He recorded a score of even par on 13 holes in his round, and posted a round in the 70's for the 11th time in 14 rounds on the season. Mahon, on the other hand, tied for second in the field despite playing in just his second round of the season after spending the fall semester studying in Europe. He registered three birdies on the day, including on two of the four par-5 holes.
"It took a great team effort to win the tournament," Hewett said. "We have been waiting a long time for this, and our hard work is starting to pay off. It is a great feeling for everyone on the team, and we hope that it will carry over into the next tournament at Princeton."
Sophomores Brock Bergman and Brian Feeney rounded out Villanova's top four counting scores with rounds of 78 and 79, respectively. Bergman, who is the lone Wildcat to play in all 16 of the team's rounds this season, posted a score in the 70's for the third straight outing and 15th time overall. He finished in a tie for 31st place, while Feeney tied for 42nd. Senior captain Charlie Nettleton was tied for 55th place with a score of 80.
The team score of 303 (+15) was the best out of four rounds the team has played this spring, and the second lowest of the season. Villanova turned in a team score of 286 (+6) at the St. John's/McLaughlin in September.
Villanova had not won a tournament title since it was victorious at the Lehigh Quad on Oct. 22, 1997. On that day the Wildcats shot a 313 on the par-72 course to defeat the other two schools that were a part of the event. Dugan Condon shot a 2-over 74 to win medalist honors among 20 golfers.
Hewett is the first Villanova player to win medalist honors at a tournament since junior Henry Watson placed first at the Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational in 2003.
Villanova continues its season this weekend at the Princeton Invitational. The tournament will be played on Friday and Saturday at the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J.