March 30, 2015
WILMINGTON, N.C. — After Monday’s final round, the Army golf team finished third at the Seahawk Intercollegiate with Peter Kim tying for third individually with a team-low score of 218.
“We had tough conditions today,” said head coach Brian Watts. “We had a few hiccups on the front nine, but the guys battled hard. The goal for the tournament was to finish in the top three so there were a lot of positive things that came out of this weekend.”
The Black Knights totaled 296-290-300–886 to place third at the tournament. Army trailed first-place Campbell by six strokes and second-place Georgia by one.
Kim carded a 72-70-76–218 to tie for third, just two points behind the two first-place finishers. He led the field, alongside Anday from Columbia, with 14 birdies throughout 54 holes. Kim shined on his par-five chances, coming in at five-under averaging 4.58 strokes per hole.
Dean Sakata had a breakout day to improve from t19th to finish in eighth. He shot the team’s lowest round of the day with a one-over 73 to finish with 221 points. On the weekend, Sakata shot 12 birdies and averaged 4.17 strokes on par-four holes.
Justin Pagila carded a 74-74-76–224 to close out the weekend placed tied for 14th and was one of five golfers at the tournament to hold out an eagle.
“We made a lot more putts this weekend and it was nice to see,” added Watts. “That was definitely the most birdies as a team I’ve seen in a few years. The focus was there the guys had a great start and finished strong. They played well late to bring us back in contention.”
Army will be back in action this weekend at the Met Intercollegiate at the Century Club Old Oaks Course hosted by Yale. The contest is a one day affair with 36 holes to be played on Saturday, April 4.