HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Rutgers men’s golf placed 12th with a 952 (316-317-319) team total at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular, played Saturday and Sunday on the par 72, 7,001-yard El Campeon Course at the historic Mission Inn Resort. Senior Doug Walters (Blairstown, N.J.) paced the Scarlet Knights, carding a 234 (77-75-82), to finish tied for 32nd in the 98-player field.
Rutgers best area of performance in the tournament was on par three’s. The Scarlet Knights averaged a 3.27, plus-16 on the short yardage holes, which marked the fourth best team average in the event.
The 17-team tournament was hosted by George Mason and also featured Appalachian State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M, High Point, IPFW, IUPUI, Morehead State, ODU, Stetson, Texas Tech, Connecticut, VCU, Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky.
Junior Jacob Stockl (Clark, N.J.), freshman Michael Howe (Temecula, Calif.), senior Jonathan Renza (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) and freshman Ryan Rose (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) comprised the rest of the Rutgers scorecard at the event. Stockl tied for 57th with a 240 (78-82-80), Howe also tied for 57th with a 240 (84-79-77), Renza tied for 60th with a 241 (80-81-80) and Rose tied for 77th with a 249 (81-86-82).
Virginia Tech, No. 18 in the Golfweek rankings, won the Spectacular with an 875 (287-289-299), five strokes ahead of second place Texas Tech. VCU finished in the show position with an 897. Individually, Hokie Trevor Cone captured individual medalist honors with a five-under par 211 (67-73-71).
Rutgers, under leadership of head coach Rob Shutte, returns to the links at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate, March 23-25 in Williamsburg, Va.