Bethlehem, Pa. (October 28, 2013) – Rutgers men’s golf won the seven-team Lehigh Invitational, played Sunday and Monday on the Grace Course at Saucon Valley Country Club, with a 610 (305-305) score. Senior Doug Walters (Blairstown, N.J.) captured individual medalist honors, carding a 150 (74-76) to pace the 45-player field and the Scarlet Knights in their final event of the fall season.
“I’m very proud of the way we performed,” said Rutgers head coach Rob Shutte. “ We went into the tournament as the favorite, maintained our composure in the final round, and got the job done. Our seniors played like seniors in challenging conditions. It’s very exciting to end the fall season on a high note. We are really looking forward to the spring.”
It marked the second tournament win this fall for RU after also capturing the Hartford Hawks Invitational title in September. The Scarlet Knights won the Lehigh Invitational with the names of fallen soldiers embroidered on their golf bags. Rutgers men’s golf recently joined the Fold of Honor Organization to raise continued awareness for the heroes who have fought for our freedom and the families left behind. The organization helps fund education scholarships for families that suffered a loss. The Lehigh Invitational was the first tournament that RU competed in with the names embroidered on their bags.
Walters was a tournament-best plus one in par three scoring, had an event best seven birdies and was minus one in par five scoring.
Senior Jonathan Renza (Cortland Manor, N.Y.), the tournament leader after day one, placed tied for second with a 151 (72-79). He was an Invitational-best minus four in par five scoring and had an event best 23 pars.
All of Rutgers’ competing five placed among the top 20 competitors, including four players in the top 10. Freshman Michael Howe (Temecula, Calif.) tied for sixth with a 154 (79-75), junior Jacob Stockl (Clark, N.J.) placed 10th with a 156 (80-76) and sophomore Jonathan Chang (Valencia, Calif.) tied for 17th with a 159 (81-78).
Host Lehigh finished in second place, eight strokes behind the Scarlet Knights with a 618. Villanova was third with a 624.
The Scarlet Knights open the spring season versus Cal State-Fullerton February 17-18 in Los Angeles, Calif.