Last year in Toano, Va., at the par-70 Stonehouse Golf Course, recent graduate Brian Carroll finished the Joe Agee Invitational with a score of 210, not only grabbing first place, but also thrusting the GW golf team to a victory as a well.
This year, history did not repeat itself despite a pair of eagles by freshman Tyler Wendelken, the reigning Atlantic 10 rookie of the week, as the Colonials finished 11th out of 18 teams with a combined score of 884 (310-292-282).
Richmond’s Jordan Utley medaled with a five-under-par 205, while Old Dominion University (Va.) snagged the tournament with a score of 842, nine strokes ahead of second-place Loyola (Md.). East Carolina was third with an 861, with Richmond (867) and William & Mary (868) rounding out the top five.
Wendelken, the Colonials’ low player, placed 19th with a score of 216 (75-71-70). Senior Bob Rohr and sophomore Lewis Sturdy tied for 33rd in the tournament with scores of 221. Senior Raman Luthra finished 83rd with a score of 235 (83-81-71) while freshman Michael Perlmutter finished 90th after shooting a final score of 238 (82-73-83).
Perlmutter attributed the squad’s finish to the lack of experience on the team.
“We are a young team,” he said. “We have some very talented new players, but at the same time we lost our top players who also had the most experience. The top players (on this year’s squad) are freshmen and sophomores who don’t have the experience that the team last year did.”
“The first round was terrible,” Perlmutter said. “But we managed to get together and have a great second round and a solid third. We just weren’t prepared for the course. Stonehouse had big, rolling greens and since we are a young team, that really threw us off.”
Perlmutter said that once the team was able to adjust to the course the Colonials’ play greatly improved.
“I don’t think that we are going to be NCAA contenders this year,” he said. “But give it a year or two and I am confident that we will give the other teams a run for their money.”