Hammond, Ind. - Senior Kirby Brown (West Des Moines, Iowa/Kirkwood CC/Valley) turned in a stellar second round score of 71 and took the top individual spot with a combined two-day score of 147 (76, 71) to propel the Saint Xavier University men's golf team to a first-place finish at the 2013 Mike Lalaeff Memorial Invite hosted by Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) at Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Ind. The Cougars won the event with a team score of 601 after shooting a 304 on day one and following that up with an impressive 297 Tuesday. Senior James Kerr (Donegal, Ireland/Western Texas/Arch Bishop Ilsley), who led SXU with a 75 on day one, finished in a tie for second place overall with a two-day total of 148 (75, 73). The Invite featured 16 teams, including six squads from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
Junior Kyle Bahnick (Inverness, Ill./Carthage College/Palatine-Fremd) finished fifth individually for the Cougars with a combined score of 151 (77, 74), while senior Brendan Ryan (Alsip, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Shepard) took ninth place with a 155 (76, 79). Sophomore Zach Trent (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) had a score of 83 in both rounds for a score of 166 to place him in a tie for 44th place. Saint Xavier finished 20 strokes ahead of the second place team, Carthage College, with a score of 621 (318, 303). It is the first time the Cougars have finished first place in a tournament since the six-team Olivet Nazarene Invitational at Balmoral Woods Golf Club in Crete last September 25.
"Our team played very well on a tough golf course that had many hazards and troubled areas," said SXU golf coach Mike Mandakas. "We are getting better every tournament and look forward to our next event."
Saint Xavier hopes to carry the momentum into next week's Chicago State University Invitational at Harborside Golf Course in Chicago. The two-day event kicks off at 9 a.m. on Monday, September 23.