Men's Golf finishes fall season with fifth-place showing at APSU Intercollegiate

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    Oct. 15, 2013

    By Tom Weber

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    The Southern Illinois University men's golf team was unable to duplicate its record-setting second-round performance, dropping one spot to fifth place during the final round of the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate on Tuesday.

    The Salukis were 9-under par heading into today's action, but slipped to Even-par with a team score of 297. Yesterday, the Salukis fired a school-record 272, but windy course conditions and inconsistent play affected today's outcome.

    "We had a good tournament overall, even though we gave away a lot of shots today that could have made a difference in our finish," said head coach Leroy Newton. "I'm proud of the improvement our team made this fall. If we work hard and continue to improve, we'll be a team to look out for in the spring."

    Belmont won the 14-team tournament with a 16-under team score, while host Austin Peay tied Eastern Kentucky for second place at 12-under.

    SIU's top scorer was Drew Novara, who finished eighth overall at 3-under par (73-67-73 = 213), marking the first top-10 finish of his career. Teammate Steven Souchek placed 14th at Even-par, while Caleb Harms was 21st with a 2-over score at the par-72, 7,132-yard Links at Novadell.

    This was the fifth and final tournament of the fall season for Southern.

    SIU Individual Scores

    T8 Drew Novara: 73-67-73 (213) -3
    T14 Steven Souchek: 74-67-75 (216) E
    T21 Caleb Harms: 72-69-77 (218) +2
    T37 Wade Thompson: 75-74-72 (221) +5
    T71 Ben Patton: 76-70-83 (229) +13
    T83 Ryan Haxel: 75-83-86 (244) +28* *Haxel competed as individual

    Team Scores

    1 Belmont 278-277-293 (848) -16
    T2 Austin Peay State 285-281-286 (852) -12
    T2 Eastern Kentucky 286-272-294 (852) -12
    4 Tennessee-Martin 288-280-293 (861) -3
    5 Southern Illinois 294-273-297 (864) E
    6 Tennessee Tech 288-287-293 (868) +4
    7 Lipscomb 284-291-303 (878) +14
    8 Austin Peay State (B) 300-294-286 (880) +16
    9 South Dakota 294-291-299 (884) +20
    10 Murray State 291-299-296 (886) +22
    11 Western Kentucky 294-291-303 (888) 24
    12 Eastern Illinois 292-300-298 (890) +26
    13 Tennessee State 298-300-296 (894) +30
    14 Morehead State 299-295-302 (896) +32