LEXINGTON, Ky. - After holding a two-stroke lead after the opening 18 holes of play, the SVSU men's golf team followed a first round score of 286 with a second round of 287, closing-out for the victory by eight strokes with a three-under total score of 573. The -3 total secured the win over runner-up Grand Valley State.
With the score of 573, the Cardinals match the program's 36-hole scoring record for the second time this season. The other came after the first two rounds of the Kyle Ryman Memorial in October.
Ryan Peruski finished as the tournament runner-up for Saginaw Valley, carding rounds of 70-71 for a three-under total of 141. He fell just a single stroke off medalist honors, which were claimed by Northwood's Cameron Lippoldt. Peruski had the low round for the Cards on both days.
Mason Motte finished fourth overall, posting scores of 71-72 to finish one-under par on the weekend. Dustin Pumford registered rounds of 71-74 (145, +1) while Austin Carter shot 74-72 (146, +2). Pumford finished tied for seventh while Carter was tied for ninth, putting four golfers inside the top-10 for the tournament.
Jared Lyons jumped 20 spots up the leaderboard to tie for 19th overall after his second round of even-par 72. He finished with scores of 77-72 (149, +5) and rounded-out the scoring for the team in round two as one of the three even-par rounds.
Saginaw Valley's victory in the event is the first for the program since the Cardinals claimed a seven-stroke victory at the 2013 GLIAC North Invitational.
SVSU will be back in action on Monday (Apr. 3), as the Cards travel to compete in their third NCAA Division II Regional event of the season. It's set to take place at the Hermitage Golf Club in Nashville, Tenn.
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