Villanova Finishes 12th at Mission Inn Classic
Oct. 7, 2008
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Freshman Brendan Kelly continued his fast start to the fall season by tying for eighth place out of 75 golfers at the Mission Inn Classic this past weekend. Kelly earned team medalist honors for the second time in three tournaments this season and Villanova placed 12th out of 15 schools in the team standings at the three-day tournament played on the El Campeon Course.
Kelly fired a round of one-under par 70 on Sunday to close the tournament with the first top-10 finish for a Wildcat golfer this season. He wound up with a three-day total of 74-73-70=217 (+4) and was nine strokes ahead of the next Villanova player.
As a team, the Wildcats recorded rounds of 313-298-296=907 (+55). The team received strong play in the final round from Kelly as well as senior Brett Bergman, who carded a 72 to help Villanova to its lowest score of the weekend. The Wildcats were one of just two BIG EAST teams at the tournament, which was hosted by league rival St. John's.
Bergman finished in a tie for 37th place with a 54-hole score of 77-77-72=226 (+13). His round on Sunday was the lowest so far this season. Sophomore Conor Casey wound up in a tie for 48th place with rounds of 79-74-77=230 (+17).
Senior Andrew Alexander made his season debut and finished in a tie for 72nd place after carding marks of 83-90-82=255 (+42). His score of 83 in the opening round was counted when sophomore Colin List received a disqualification for his opening round. List rebounded to post scores of 74 and 77 in his final two rounds.
Florida Gulf Coast registered a team score below par of 850 (-2) for the tournament and beat out Jacksonville State and the rest of the field by 12 strokes. Stetson was in third place and was followed by Johnson & Wales, Western Kentucky, St. John's and Appalachian State in the top half of the team standings.
Villanova will compete next weekend for the Big Five championship, which the Wildcats have won once.