FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – A dominating second-round performance followed up a first round team course-record and culminated in a 37-stroke victory for the Marian University men's golf team at the 2012 Marian University Invitational at Whispering Springs Golf Club, this afternoon, Sept. 10. Marian freshman Kyle Bruce took home the individual title in his collegiate debut, while fellow freshman, Chris Janisse, tied for second overall.
Marian's first round score of 302 was the ninth-best single-round score in program history and 19 strokes better than the season-low team score last season set at the St. Norbert Invitational back on April 29. Their overall score of 609 was 96 strokes better than the 705 the team shot at the same tournament last season.
The top-five golfers for the Sabres all finished in the top-10. After Bruce and Janisse was Cory Ashbeck (76-79-156), who finished fourth overall at 11-over par, while Joe Bertram (82-75-157) placed sixth and Max Richardson (75-84-159) tied for seventh. Marian also had three extras that posted respectable scores, led by Robbie Bailey (88-84-172), who finished tied for 33rd. Ty McLaughlin (105-97-202) placed 60th in his collegiate debut, while sophomore Trevor Witkowiak (98-109-207) took 61st.
Carroll and Edgewood, which each qualified for the NCAA Championship a season ago, finished second and fifth, respectively. Carroll shot a 646 (+70), while Lawrence placed third with a 653 (+77), MSOE fourth with a 657 (+81) and Edgewood 660 (+84).
The Sabres will be back in action next weekend as they travel to West Chicago, Ill. to take part in the Benedictine Invitational, Sept. 16-17.