MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University golf team finished in first place at the 2012 NMU Intercollegiate Match Play Invitational this weekend (Sept. 8-9). The weekend tournament was contested at the Greywalls Course at Marquette Golf Club. This was the first team victory for the SVSU golf team since October of 2006.
The match play tournament format is an unusual one for the Cardinals, as each student-athlete played three, 9-hole matches on Saturday (Sept. 8) and Sunday (Sept. 9) for a total of six matches (54 holes).
On Saturday, junior Adam Hansen (Auburn, Mich. / Bay City Western HS) and senior Dustin Vogl (Bay City, Mich. / Western HS) finished the day with perfect records of 3-0, advancing them both to the Final 8 of the individual match play tournament.
Sophomore Wyatt Drost (Charlevoix, Mich.) and freshman Ryan Thomas (Flushing, Mich.) both recorded two wins and one loss on day one, while junior Eric Gandy (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek HS) went winless playing in the competitive No. 1 spot for the Cardinals.
Saginaw Valley's 10-5 overall record as a team put them in second place with a winning percentage of .667.
Gandy rebounded on Sunday for SVSU, as he went an undefeated 3-0 on the day to finish at 3-3 for the weekend. Hansen continued his strong play going 2-1 to bring his record to 5-1, while Vogl finished at 4-2 overall as he dropped two of his three matches on the final day.
Drost and Thomas matched each others mark for the second consecutive day, as they both went 2-1 to finish at 4-2 overall in the match play tournament.
The Cardinal golfers again finished with a 10-5 record on Sunday to bring their overall record to 20-10 and a winning percentage of .667, which jumped them to first place and the team match play title.
The Saginaw Valley golf program will be back in two weekends (Sept. 23-24) at the GLIAC North Tournament in South Haven, Mich.